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Watch the video: How Los Angeles-area schools are closing the digital divide

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LAUSD is part of the AirWatch #MobileGameChanger series

This week is Digital Citizenship Week at Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The 900-school district, which is the second-largest in the United States, has implemented a Common Core Technology Project to meet the new Common Core State Standards. The standards require integration of digital media and up-to-date technology into the K12 curriculum. As part of the program, each of the district’s 640,000 students and each of their teachers has access to a personal computing device, often a tablet.

“We’re embarking upon an organizational mission around providing at least one electronic device for every student,” says LAUSD CIO Ron Chandler.

The program is key, Chandler says, because “many of our students do not have access to the Internet outside of school.” The tablets enable round-the-clock learning, exposing students to a wealth of information and fostering the technical proficiency that will help ensure success after graduation.

“It’s nonstop learning. We have students that are able to go out into small groups, take their devices with them, do work outside of the classroom,” says Dr. Shilby Sims, who is Principal at Western Avenue Elementary. “The No. 1 game changer is [that] learning never stops.”

“It’s part of their culture,” says Richard Alvarez of technology and his students. Alvarez, who is principal at the district’s Diego Rivera Performing Arts High School, says giving students access to technology “is going to enable us to set the bar higher and give them a higher place to launch from.”

The district’s dedication to closing the digital divide and embracing new learning models is part of what makes LAUSD a #MobileGameChanger. The following video shares their story, as told by the faculty, staff and students of LAUSD.

For more information about the #MobileGameChanger series, visit the AirWatch featured customers page.

Lanier Norville

Lanier Norville

Lanier Norville has been writing and editing for online publications for six years. Before joining AirWatch, she was the editor of three medical technology magazines including the award-winning publication TechNation.

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