All Students at CUSD Carver Elementary receives iPads
In an effort to boost academic achievement while preparing students for college and 21st century careers, Compton Unified School District (CUSD) and Apple have begun distributing iPads to students at five schools – beginning with Carver Elementary School, Wednesday, January 13.
The schools: Carver, Bursch, Jefferson and Kelly elementary schools as well as Walton Middle School are among 114 schools selected nationwide. Compton Unified has five out of the sixteen schools in California selected for this prestigious Apple grant.
“Getting our Compton students college-and-career ready is a main objective of the Compton School District. These grants from Apple help us reach the goal of preparing our students for the 21st century economy in California. No matter what type of job a student wants to pursue in the years to come, they will have to know how to use technology effectively. It’s a great day in Compton when we can bring these services to our children,” said Satra Zurita, Compton School Board President.
Superintendent Darin Brawley said CUSD studied how other school districts used technology in order to determine the best way for students to use the iPads in the classroom.
“Our primary focus is to provide students with a means of enhancing their technological skills,” he said.
“We believe this is a step in the right direction that will enable our students to be technologically savvy and remain competitive in college and career readiness. Our students will benefit from the technology of today. We see the iPad’s ability to engage students in critical thinking, problem solving, and project management.”
Each of the ConnectED school classrooms will be equipped with iPads and Apple TV, and each teacher will receive an Apple Macbook. All of the devices will be loaded with educational software.
Through the use of iPads instructors can connect reading and writing to various subjects including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and the arts through multimedia-driven projects.
Over the past year CUSD’s Educational Technology Department and representatives from Apple trained teachers, administrators, and parents on how to use the devices. The goal is to ensure students use them safely and effectively.
Compton Unified teachers took a three-day iPad boot camp to learn the many ways the device can be applied to core subjects such as math and English Language Arts while ensuring the online safety of students.
Administrators attended various seminars in order to learn best educational technology practices, and parents were trained in how to use the devices to gain an understanding of the new technology’s role in the classroom, as well as, to learn about online safety.
Principal Damian Kessler said that because the new iPads will change how teachers instruct and how students learn, it is important to have safeguards in place.
“The iPads will stay in the classroom. They will not go home. They’ll be on students’ desks throughout the day and their teachers will decide how and when to use them,” he said.
“Students are restricted from downloading apps. Only the school can. Students have access to the internet but we’ve been teaching them about digital citizenship so that they understand their responsibility to themselves and to others.”
Michele Dawson, Senior Director of CUSD Instructional Technology, said the use of Apple technology in the District’s ConnectED classrooms is bound to have a tremendous impact on the academic lives of students.
“We appreciate the commitment from Apple to support the ConnectED Initiative by committing products, professional development and infrastructure needed for the deployment of a one-to-one iPad program,” she said.
“This is such a transformative opportunity for Compton Unified to boost academic achievement. Teachers will incorporate the iPads into instructional practice to inspire creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication – skills needed for students to be college and career ready.”