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Analysis finds overwhelming underuse of LAUSD iPads




The first formal evaluation of LAUSD’s iPad program by the  American Institutes for Research shows 4 out of 5 schools rarely used the tablets.
The first formal evaluation of LAUSD’s iPad program by the American Institutes for Research shows 4 out of 5 schools rarely used the tablets.
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In the first formal evaluation of LAUSD’s iPad program, analysis found that only 1 in 245 teachers used the curriculum purchased to accompany the devices, and four out of five schools rarely used the tablets.

The review, conducted by Washington D.C.-based American Institutes for Research, reported that some schools said they prefered the district’s curriculum in certain subjects, and many reported having problems accessing or finding the curriculum on the iP6ads. The report attributes problems with the program to it’s size and scope, saying the launch of the iPad program may have been too hurried and the program too large and ambitious. LAUSD has so far purchased 109,000 iPads, 62,000 of which have the Pearson curriculum installed. The total cost, to date, is $61 million.

How should LAUSD approach reforms for the iPad program? Can teachers and schools adapt to use the devices effectively, or is this a lost cause in a district facing other concerns?

Guest: 

Annie Gilbertson, KPCC education reporter who’s been following the LAUSD iPAD controversy