LAUSD started professional development for its iPad rollout.

There were a couple of internet glitches, and some teachers had trouble signing on, but that didn’t dampen their enthusiasm as they collected the iPads that will become their primary instructional tools for the new school year in Los Angeles Unified.

At the start of a three-day training program at Roosevelt High and three other sites around the district, some 1,500 teachers from 47 schools received the state-of-the-art tablet computers they’ll be using for lesson plans, class assignments, homework and tests.

“This is going to bring learning and instruction to life,” said Charlene Tamplin, who teaches special education at Hillcrest Elementary in South Los Angeles. “We’re going to be taking these kids places they’ve never been before. It’s going to be magical.”

(Next page: How the iPad program is financed, and how school networks are preparing)