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Compton students get iPads

Returning Compton students greeted with high-tech tool for learning; five local schools among 16 in California and 114 nationwide to receive Apple grants for iPads

Returning Compton students greeted with high-tech tool for learning; five local schools among 16 in California and 114 nationwide to receive Apple grants for iPads

COMPTON—More than 4,000 students at five Compton schools returned to 21st-century classrooms, the first day of school, Aug. 17, thanks to their principals — national winners of prestigious Apple grants.

Brand new iPads greeted each student along with a high-tech curriculum designed to help Compton Unified School District students improve their grades and prepare them for 21st-century careers and opportunities.

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“We hope we will see increased student engagement and student achievement.” — Michelle Dawson, Compton Unified School District senior director of Instructional Technology. Photo: YouTube

One-hundred-fifty teachers and administrators participated in a three-day iPad Boot Camp held at Bunche Middle School and sponsored Apple grants through the White House’s ConnectEd Initiative, which also equips every teacher with a MacBook and iPad.

Only 114 schools nationwide and 16 schools in California are grant recipients. Of any of the grants given in the entire country, most of the students and teachers impacted will be from the following five Compton schools: Bursch, Carver, Jefferson and Kelly elementary schools, and Walton Middle School.

Michelle Dawson, senior director of Instructional Technology, said the District looks forward to seeing students engaged through everyday use of iPads in the classroom. She also pointed out that the devices empower students to do their own research and to be creative through projects that develop their math, reading, and writing skills.

“These grants will really allow our students to start working in a 21st-century environment. They also provide professional development to help teachers understand the role technology plays in the classroom,” Dawson said. “We hope we will see increased student engagement and student achievement.”

Carver Elementary School Principal Damien Kessler said his school wants the iPads to not only impact students and teachers, but also the surrounding community.

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“Our goal is to prepare our students for college and careers.” — Carver Elementary School Principal Damien Kessler. Photo: Carver Web site

“We want to incorporate the community in our students’ learning process on iPads through our various programs and partnerships,” he said. “Our goal is to prepare our students for college and careers. The iPads are going to help by motivating our kids and inspiring the school community to do things we’ve never done before.”

Veronika Hayes, first-grade teacher at Bursch Elementary School, said the new iPads reinvigorate her passion for teaching.

“I feel like a little kid because I’m getting a new toy I can play with, learn with, and is going to help me work more individually with my students,” she said.

“The iPads will guide me into what my students’ weaknesses are, let me enhance their strengths and help them with research. These are tools I never had in all my 20 years of teaching, so of course I’m excited. This has renewed my spirit.”

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