South by Southwest Education: 10 new ed tech startups about to grab the spotlight in Austin
As the ed tech industry continues to expand, breaking into the game means facing stiffer competition from companies keen on occupying the same space. But as teaching, student learning, and the delivery of educational content continue to evolve, there has never been a greater opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the students....
By Tim Newcomb | March 8, 2017
LAUSD hunting down the last 500 missing computer devices
When 50,000 iPads, laptops and Chromebooks went out to LA Unified students last year, about 1,500 were unaccounted for. So far this year about 1,000 were recovered and district computer techs now say they expect to recover the remaining 500 devices by sometime next week. “We’ve been like Sherlock Holmes,” said Bill Wherritt, a Facilities Division...
By Mike Szymanski | September 25, 2015
At 71, teacher who feared computers is now an LAUSD tech champion
Jan Price heard that computers were coming to her kindergarten classroom at Galt Elementary School in Lake Balboa in the heart of the San Fernando Valley. She was scared. “It’s time for me to retire,” Price remembered saying. “I can’t handle this. I’m not technical at all.” That was a year ago. Now, the 71-year-old...
By Mike Szymanski | September 21, 2015
A few myths and facts about technology, courtesy of LA Unified
Teachers and students are getting devices with no lessons on how to use them. It’s all about iPads. Students can hack the tablets. Wrong, wrong, and well, sorta wrong. That’s the word that LAUSD wants to get out. The computer technology program at LAUSD gets a bad rap. Of course, the botched $1.3 billion iPad implementation and...
By Mike Szymanski | September 14, 2015
Cortines ‘jump starts’ LA Unified’s new Technology Task Force
LA Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines delivered a “jump start” to the newly-reformed Instructional Technology Initiative Task Force at its first meeting of the school year yesterday. He addressed such concerns as an already-aging supply of computers, a change in task force leadership and his renewed effort to get a device in the hands of every student in...
By Mike Szymanski | September 11, 2015
Morning Read: Study Praises Teacher Evaluation Tool
First Academic Study of Controversial LA Unified Teacher Evaluation Program An academic study of a teacher evaluation method that looks at how much teachers are able to improve students’ test scores gave the pilot program a good grade. But the study comes too late — the teacher’s union and Los Angeles Unified School District agreed...
By LA School Report | April 29, 2013