LAUSD’s much-publicized iPad initiative has garnered much criticism

LAUSD-iPadLast week, as Los Angeles Unified officials debated and complained about the speed, cost and logistics of the troubled iPad rollout, students around the sprawling district were putting the tablet computers to good use.

Fifth-graders at Western Avenue Elementary in South LA were downloading apps and creating multimedia presentations.

An eighth-grade English class at Paul Revere Charter Middle School on the Westside was mapping Huck Finn’s route along the Mississippi River.

At ArTES Academy in San Fernando, high school students were taking notes in English Lit, graphing equations in chemistry and dreaming up fantasy 3-D flowers in graphic design class.

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