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Burbank Unified Measure S Bond Continues To Add Classrooms, Upgrade Facilites

The Burbank Unified School District continues to add classrooms and upgrade school facilities and infrastructure with funds provided by the Burbank voter-approved Measure S Bond. New elementary school classrooms, solar energy savings, technology and infrastructure upgrades and new Chromebooks for middle school and high school classes have been the focus of the latest work.

“Due to the generous support of Burbank voters, our schools continue to receive much needed upgrades,” commented BUSD Superintendent Matt Hill. “This past year we sold the last issuance of bonds for the $110 million Measure ‘S’ election of 2013.”

“The Series C bonds are expected to have an average interest rate of 3.59%. Most important is the fact that the District will be able to maintain a maximum tax rate of $55.18 (per $100,000 of assessed property value) on all of its outstanding school bonds, as promised.”

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Brand new classroom at Horace Mann Children’s center. (Photo By Ross Benson)

Projects the Measure S Bond proceeds pay for include heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades; fencing and asphalt replacements; LED lighting retrofits (at nine sites); playground upgrades; solar panel installations (at nine sites); and the installation of fire alarms, clocks, PA systems and energy management systems.

Modernization projects at Horace Mann Children’s Center and the SEED special education preschool, also located at Horace Mann, are nearing completion. The work included fire sprinklers, fire alarm, public address, energy management system (EMS), HVAC, lighting, ADA, flooring, resilient flooring, casework, restroom remodel and painting.

Burbank Unified also added network infrastructure, computers and the 21st Century Classroom modernization features.

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Superintendent Matt Hill and Stevenson Elementary staff check out a recently completed modular classroom on the first day of school. (Photo By Ross Benson)

Work on new modular classrooms at Stevenson Elementary is also nearly finished. The District added 11 classrooms with two student restrooms and one staff restroom over the summer.

New modular classrooms with restroom facilities have already replaced portable “bungalow” classrooms at Washington, Emerson and Roosevelt elementary schools.

The new classrooms include many upgrades such as built-in teaching walls, better quality and more efficient LED lighting and improved heating and cooling systems, along with 21st Century teaching technology, improved wireless equipment and an energy management system.

Bond work at Horace Mann. (Photo By Ross Benson)

New modular building work has begun at Bret Harte and Jefferson elementary schools, with work scheduled to be completed by Spring/Summer 2018.

BUSD will add 12 classrooms for instruction and four classrooms for child care, four student restrooms and two staff restrooms at Bret Harte. Jefferson Elementary will add nine classrooms, two student restrooms and one staff restroom.

The District is in the planning stages for Edison and McKinley elementary schools, with Edison and McKinley groundbreaking aimed for Summer 2018. BUSD plans to add four classrooms to Edison and six classrooms with two student restrooms and one staff restroom to McKinley.

The modular classroom project for Disney Elementary is also in the very early planning stages, with specifics to be determined.

New solar panels provide shade and savings for BUSD’s Luther Middle School. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Unified has also partnered with OpTerra Energy Services to put in place infrastructure upgrades, such as solar panels over school parking lots, to provide revenue through energy savings and use of renewables. BUSD is projected to save $10.4 million over the 30 year program.

As of September 2016, the District has achieved energy savings of 889,905 kWh or $124,943.00. A solar dashboard, in the Measure S section of the District’s website, can be viewed to see the savings at individual school sites.

BUSD has also partnered with the City of Burbank and Burbank Water and Power to put high-speed internet, also known as dark fiber, in place at all school sites and office locations.

Working solar panels provide shade and savings for BUSD’s Jordan Middle School.(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Upgrades to network infrastructure and wireless continue at all BUSD sites and computers have been refreshed at all school computer labs, offices and libraries.

Additionally, the District sent 101 Chromebook carts to all middle and high schools. Each cart has 38 Chromebooks and they are being used in English Language Arts classes.

A new Data Center was built at the District Service Center and a new telephone system (VoIP) is currently being installed. All of BUSD classrooms continue to be updated with new projectors, document cameras and voice amplification systems.

More information regarding the Measure S Bond and progress on the various projects can be found on the BUSD website.

2016 BUSD Bond Projects Update (Part 2)

Since the voter passage of the Measure S Bond to support infrastructure fixes at Burbank Unified schools, a number of projects have already been completed and more are in the works. The $110 million dollar bond has been divided into three three-year issuances, with each bond issuance totaling about one-third of $110 million. Periodically, myBurbank.com reports on various aspects of BUSD Measure S Bond. (Part 2 of 2.) See Part 1 for more information on 2016 BUSD Bond projects.

Network Infrastructure & Air Conditioning

Network infrastructure projects have been substantially completed at John Burroughs High School and Luther Middle School, according to BUSD Measure S Bond Manager Gene Directo.

The projects included demolition of the existing cabling and network equipment, which was replaced by new fiber optic cabling, new cat6 cabling, new indoor and outdoor wireless access points, and new network backbone equipment, for more than 122 miles of cabling installed to date.

To support the technology upgrades, new air conditioning work for the Main Digital Frame (MDF) which serves as the school sites’ main connection to the Main Data Server Network has been started at McKinley, Washington, Roosevelt, Bret Harte, Stevenson, Emerson and Disney Elementary Schools.

Air conditioning in the Muir Middle School auditorium is up and running with the kitchen and cafeteria areas soon operational. New air conditioning at the Burroughs High School Gym is also working.

Interior of new permanent Modular Classroom at Emerson Elementary.(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Interior of new permanent Modular Classroom at Emerson Elementary.(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Master Clock, P/A, Fire Alarms & Artificial Turf

Replacement of the master clock, Public Address system and fire alarm are complete at Emerson, Harte, Jefferson, Miller and Washington Elementary Schools and Jordan Middle School. Staff training seminars are being scheduled.

Playground surfaces at the Kindergarten area at Jefferson and Washington Elementary Schools were replaced with artificial turf.

Grading operations have also begun at the upper and lower playgrounds of Jefferson Elementary School in preparation for the installation of new playground equipment.

New fencing at BUSD Adult School adjacent to Luther Middle. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

New fencing at BUSD Adult School adjacent to Luther Middle. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Asphalt Replacement & Fencing

Extensive replacement of deteriorating asphalt and restriping has been completed at Muir, Luther and Jordan Middle Schools, in addition to Emerson, Roosevelt and Providencia Elementary Schools.

Fencing is complete at Luther Middle School and Edison, Miller and Providencia Elementary Schools.

Upcoming Projects

Planning and assessment is underway for the replacement of relocatable classroom buildings with modular classroom buildings at Harte, Stevenson, Jefferson, Disney, Edison  and McKinley Elementary Schools, according to Directo.

New solar panels provide shade and savings for BUSD's Luther Middle School. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

New solar panels provide shade and savings for BUSD’s Luther Middle School. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Planning for asphalt replacement is underway at Stevenson, Jefferson and Edison Elementary Schools.

Replacement of the intramural field at Burbank High School will be issued for bidding in Fall 2016.

“The funds [from the Measure S Bond] will improve the quality and safety of Burbank school facilities and will upgrade classrooms, computer and technology, replace aging portable classrooms, electrical systems, plumbing and sewer lines, roofs and play areas including upgraded fire protection, increased energy efficiency and provide accessibility for students with disabilities,” he said.

Directo is also working on updating the 2016 BUSD Bond projects information on the District’s website. He encourages visitors to the site to select Measure-S for more information.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

BUSD Bond Projects Include Solar Panels, Modular Classrooms And Tech Upgrades

Since the voter passage of the Measure S Bond in March 2013 to support infrastructure fixes at Burbank Unified schools, a number of projects have already been completed and more are in the works. The $110 million dollar bond has been divided into three three-year issuances, with each bond issuance totaling about one-third of $110 million. Periodically, myBurbank.com reports on various aspects of BUSD Bond projects. (Part 1 of 2.)

Modular classrooms, solar panels and technology upgrades are just some of the BUSD Bond projects completed over the summer break of the 2016 school year. Asphalt and fencing replacement and air conditioning at several school sites have also been checked off the to-do list for 2016.

A comprehensive list of Facilities and technology projects completed over the past few years can be found at the highlighted links. Every year, District personnel report on completed projects; this article from 2015 notes last year’s progress.

“The District’s contractors and staff have been hard at work at various school sites continuing to install network infrastructure, air conditioning, fire alarm replacements and upgrades and other various projects,” said Rick Nolette, Chief Facilities and Information Technology Officer for Burbank Unified School District.

“We are also seeing the beginning of the benefits of energy savings programs with additional savings as other solar projects become operational,” he added.

Working solar panels provide shade and savings for BUSD's Jordan Middle School.(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Working solar panels provide shade and savings for BUSD’s Jordan Middle School. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Solar Structures

Solar structures have been installed at Emerson, Jefferson and Bret Harte Elementary Schools and at Luther and Muir Middle Schools with final connections being arranged with Burbank Water and Power, according to Gene Directo, an independent contractor from the Cordoba Corporation brought in as Bond Program Manager for BUSD.

“Solar structures at Washington Elementary School, Jordan Middle School and Burbank Adult School are operational and have generated a total of 78,545 Kilowatt hours of electricity with an estimated $11,302 of savings to date,” said Directo.

Modular Classrooms

Eighteen Modular Classroom buildings were installed throughout the District this summer. The permanent classrooms replace portable classroom buildings at Emerson, Roosevelt and Washington Elementary Schools. Four new classrooms at Emerson and six at Roosevelt, including one toilet module, are now in use.

At Washington Elementary School, eight new classrooms and one toilet module are nearing completion and should be available for use sometime in September.

New permanent modular classrooms replace portable bungalows at several BUSD elementary schools, including this one at Roosevelt Elementary. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

New permanent modular classrooms replace portable bungalows at several BUSD elementary schools including this one at Roosevelt Elementary. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Main Data Server Network

The Main Data Server Network at the District Service Center was also completed during the 2016 summer months.

“The District is in the process of consolidating servers previously located at school sites to be centrally located at the District Service Center (DSC) Data Center in a secure and temperature-controlled environment with back-up power,” explained Directo.

“The primary server rack consists of eight blade servers to replace the old servers. One new blade server is nearly equivalent to the previous complement of servers. By using server virtualization, the District is able to create hundreds of virtual servers on eight physical servers as a strategy to increase capacity.”

“The fiber connection provided through Burbank Water and Power dark fiber increased the capacity from one gigabit (1 Gb) to ten gigabit (10 Gb),” he added. “The school is connected to the DSC Data Center through the BPW-provided fiber. This has allowed the school sites capacity to increase in elementary schools from 10 megabit (10 Mb) to 10 Gb and middle schools and high schools from one hundred megabits (100 Mb) to 10 Gb.”

21st Century Classroom Technology

21st Century Classroom technology projects were started at Magnolia Park School, Monterey High School, Providencia Elementary School and Community Day School. Installation of 21st Century Classrooms have been started at Burroughs High School, Luther Middle School, Mann Elementary School, Bret Harte Elementary School, Emerson Elementary School and Roosevelt Elementary School and will continue through the fall.

Interior of new permanent Modular Classroom at Emerson Elementary.(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Interior of new permanent Modular Classroom at Emerson Elementary.(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“The 21st Century Classroom is instructional classroom technology installed as a standard consisting of wall or ceiling mounted projectors, wired network connectivity to the teacher’s workstation, dedicated wireless in every classroom, a document camera, video inputs installed along the wall, ceiling mounted speakers and a voice lift microphone system,” explained Directo.

“A multimedia control system is placed within the classroom which allows the teacher to change video inputs between their document camera and PC, raise/lower volume, mute and freeze the screen.”

“The control system is also connected to the network will eventually have the ability to monitor projector bulb life and report to staff when it’s time to buy a new projector bulb before it fails. The control systems are ADA-compliant and are consistent with universal design principles.”

Look for Part 2 of the 2016 BUSD Bond projects update for more information on completed projects and those in the works.

BUSD Sixth-Graders Get Hands On At GATE Tech Academy

Nearly 200 high-achieving sixth-graders from Burbank Unified’s three middle schools attended the second annual GATE Tech Academy on the campus of John Muir Middle School on Thursday, October 21. Students learned basics of animation and coding, along with robotics and 3D modeling and printing.

Assistant Principals James Mackey  from David Starr Jordan Middle School, Wendy Vargas from John Muir Middle School and Laura Vinyard of Luther Burbank Middle School put together the GATE Tech Academy utilizing BUSD teachers and a California-based technology enrichment camp, Table Top Inventing.

Jordan sixth-grader Kaylee Hirsch and Luther sixth-grader Judith Marando coded their robotic car's movements. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Jordan sixth-grader Kaylee Hirsch and Luther sixth-grader Judith Marando coded their robotic car’s movements. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Teachers Rebecca Southward and Corey Howard led classes with a focus on coding and programming Arduinos. Students broke into groups, Howard explained, each spending time working on human programming and computer programming. They had to direct fellow students, with closed eyes, to follow a taped path on the hallway floor.

“Learning how to give instructions and listen to those instructions, while only going two directions” was the human programming exercise, said Howard, who also heads Muir’s Inventors Club. Students then “make the jump to give specific instructions to computers.”

Human programming at the GATE Tech Academy. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Human programming at the GATE Tech Academy. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The students worked inside the classroom programming a light to flash in time to Michael Jackson’s song “Beat It.” Kids learned how to change the rate of the flashing light, connected to a computer, by changing the numerical value they programmed.

“I never really did programming before but I like it,” commented Jordan sixth-grader Angelina Ferrante. “I like how coding works and how the computer works.”

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Adam Makarem, also from Jordan, thought his favorite activity was building the robots in the Table Top Inventing-led workshop.

So did Muir student Rodrigo Garcia, who said,”I really like all the technology we used today and making robots.”

Debby Kurti and Steve Kurti from Table Top Inventing headed up several activities, including using 3D software to produce figures which were then printed out on site. Students also learned how to make simple electronic connections to bring a robotic car to life and code in directions on a computer, such as spinning in circles or moving forward or backward, for the car to follow.

Jordan teacher Chris Mitchell leads a class on animation at the GATE Tech Academy. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Jordan teacher Chris Mitchell leads a class on animation at the GATE Tech Academy. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Teachers Chris Mitchell, Mozh Jamison and Lucas Gattuso led classes using graphics and Adobe programs to create animated greeting cards and animated fish with a scrolling background. Laughter was commonly heard as the students made their fish animate in occasionally unusual ways.

“It was wonderful to come and see the GATE students so engaged in these technology based activities today,” commented BUSD Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Tom Kissinger. “The success of this event really needs to be credited to the middle school assistant principals, teachers and parent volunteers, who did an outstanding job at introducing students to areas they may be interested in pursuing in the future.”

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“Our Assistant Principals did an amazing job hosting the event,” added Director of Secondary Education John Paramo. “I could not be more pleased.”

The GATE Tech Academy was attended by students who have been identified as part of the Gifted And Talented Education program along with many high-achieving but not specifically GATE-identified students who have been placed in space-available GATE classes in BUSD middle schools.

BUSD eighth-graders will also attend a similarly-focused GATE Tech Academy during the 2015-16 school year, as they did not get a chance to participate in the previous year’s inaugural program for sixth-graders.

 

BUSD Facilities Completes Many Measure S Bond Projects, Work Continues On Others

As Burbank Unified School District students return to classes this week and many hand in reports on their accomplishments over the past summer, BUSD Facilities can also note quite a few items in the “What I Did Last Summer” category, as projects are ticked off the Measure S Bond list.

“Over the summer, we have been hard at work at various school sites installing new network infrastructure, air conditioning installations and replacements, irrigation upgrades, fire alarms replacements and upgrades, clocks and PA system replacements and other various projects,” commented David Jaynes, Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services for Burbank Unified. “We are continuing to install other upgrades as well, such as energy saving LED lighting, 21st century classroom technology upgrades and energy saving solar programs.”

BUSD LOGO_Master File“Since these projects are going to continue throughout the school year, the work will be performed in isolated areas or after school instructional hours and on weekends, so you may notice construction workers on campus during these hours,” Jaynes said in a BUSD release.

“As mandated by the provisions of the Education Code applicable to public school construction, the contractors are all required to ensure the safety of the pupils through the methods provided in the Michelle Montoya School Safety Act. In addition, weekly safety meetings will be held which include proper behavior and sensitivity training protocols prohibiting student interaction.”

“We appreciate your understanding as we continue to put Measure S dollars to work and improve our schools,” he added. “We will work to minimize any inconveniences as best we can.”

Previous articles on the Measure S Bond can be found here, here and here.

According to Craig Bell, BUSD Director of Facilities,  the following items have been completed or are in progress at the various school sites. Unless noted by an asterisk (*), projects were paid by the Measure S Bond fund. Other funds or accounts, where applicable, are noted after the asterisk.

BHS – Administration Building, New Energy Management System (EMS) installed

JBHS – New HVAC installed in both Hurst and main gyms

JBHS – Reclaimed irrigation installed on the baseball field

Jordan – New HVAC installed in the auditorium, cafeteria/kitchen and gym

Jordan – New EMS, fire alarm, PA & clocks installed

Jordan – New exterior painting underway (*Deferred Maintenance)

Jordan – Reclaimed irrigation installed

Jordan – New asphalt and lunch shelter, scheduled for the Fall 2015

Jordan – New perimeter fencing in scheduled for the Fall 2015

Jordan – Soil testing was completed for a planned solar structure

Luther – New HVAC installed in the classrooms, cafeteria/kitchen & gym

Luther – New EMS installed

Luther – Reclaimed irrigation installed

Luther – New concrete bike rack area

Luther – Soil testing was completed for a planned solar structure

Luther – Removal of tree root invasion around the lunch shelter area

Muir – New HVAC installed in the auditorium, cafeteria/kitchen and gym

Muir – New EMS, fire alarms installed

Muir – New asphalt in the staff parking lot and lower basketball courts

Muir – Demoed old media bungalow

Disney – New perimeter fencing in scheduled for September 2015

Edison – New perimeter fencing installed in August 2015

Edison – New synthetic turf installed in the CC yard

Edison – Reclaimed irrigation installed

Edison – New exterior painting (*Deferred Maintenance)

Emerson – New HVAC installed in the classrooms, auditorium & kitchen

Emerson – New EMS, fire alarms, PA & clocks installed

Emerson – New synthetic turf installed in the kinder yard

Emerson – New asphalt installed in the kinder yard

Harte – New HVAC installed in the classrooms, auditorium & kitchen

Harte – New EMS, fire alarms & PA & clocks installed

Harte – New synthetic turf installed in the kinder yard

Harte – Reclaimed irrigation installed

Jefferson – Geological soil testing were completed to determine a fault line

Jefferson – Soil testing was completed for a planned solar structure

McKinley – New synthetic turf installed in the two kinder yards

McKinley – New sewer line replacement (*Deferred Maintenance)

Miller – New HVAC installed in the classrooms, auditorium & kitchen

Miller – New EMS, fire alarms & PA & clocks installed

Miller – New iron fencing scheduled to be installed September 2015

Providencia – New synthetic turf installed in the kinder yard

Providencia – Reclaimed irrigation installed

Providencia – Re-lamping of the sport field (*AYSO)

Roosevelt – Two temporary portable classrooms installed (*Fund 25, Growth)

Roosevelt – New perimeter fencing installed

Roosevelt – New synthetic turf installed in the two kinder yards

Stevenson – One temporary portable classroom installed (*Fund 25, Growth)

Stevenson – New synthetic turf installed in the kinder yard

Stevenson – Reclaimed irrigation installed

Stevenson – New exterior painting (*Deferred Maintenance)

Washington – Soil testing was completed for a planned solar structure

Burbank Adult School – Soil testing was completed for a planned solar structure

Tablet And iPad Testing Begins In Burbank Schools

Tablets and iPad testing is underway in Burbank Unified schools as the Technology Task Force works with teachers to determine their next recommendations to the Board of Education.

The Tech Task Force recently put forth two items, an interactive white board and a document camera, as integral components of the 21st Century Classroom BUSD plans to roll out district-wide in the coming years.

Luther Middle School students in Stefanie Enokian's 7th grade Social Studies class work on iPads alongside traditional pen and paper. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Luther Middle School students in Stefanie Enokian’s seventh-grade Social Studies class work on iPads alongside traditional pen and paper. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Funds for the selected device(s) will come from the Measure S Bond allotment. The task force is also having teachers try out and compare Microsoft Office and Google Docs as an interactive response solution.

“We are currently working with Amplify to receive two class sets of tablets and software at Jordan Middle School and Miller Elementary,” said Bob Martin, BUSD’s Teacher on Special Assignment for Instructional Technology. “We are testing an iPad cart at Luther. We are also working with other companies to see about testing other one-on-one devices.”

Testing with the Amplify tablets begins April 14 at Jordan and Miller, added Martin.

“We are hoping to put forth a recommendation at the end of this school year,” Martin continued. “If needed, we will continuing testing devices into the start of the 2014-15 school year. The important factor is to find a device that works for the students and provides the best solutions for the schools.”

Vivian Iniguez and Alexa Garcia work on a visual project about stained glass artists in the Middle Ages. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Vivian Iniguez and Alexa Garcia work on a visual project about stained glass artists in the Middle Ages. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Seventh-grade Social Studies teacher Stefanie Enokian has been using iPads with all of her students throughout the day at Luther Middle School. Various paid and free applications are employed for teaching, testing and special projects.

Using the iPad in class takes extra effort by to manage the kids and keep them on task, Enokian said. But, she has been impressed with the level of engagement from the students using the one-to-one technology.

“I could give them an assignment where they have to use pen and paper to write their answer and they will hardly write anything,” she said. “But if I give them the same assignment and have them type their answers using the iPads, they beg me for more time and every kid is engaged and typing away. It’s amazing!”

Teacher Stefanie Enokian works with two students on their visual project about jobs in the Middle Ages. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Teacher Stefanie Enokian works with two students on their visual project about jobs in the Middle Ages. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Enokian’s students use the iPads for research and to create poster presentations using the ComicLife app. They can word process documents via the iPad’s Pages feature and use the NearPod app for notes, imbedded video and quizzes. Students can also easily create video presentations.

“It’s a great teaching tool for kids to have non-fiction text at their fingertips and make connections with what we are studying,” added Enokian.

In-class use begins with students logging in to an individual iPad with their student number and then accessing the learning app with a class-specific code. As each class moves through the material, the app remembers which parts of the lesson were covered in class and the next day, the teacher can pick up where individual classes left off, if a lesson was not completed.

Student tech director Jay Vassaux highlights some text for the seventh-grade Social Studies class. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Student tech director Jay Vassaux highlights some text for the seventh-grade Social Studies class. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Enokian has one student act a tech director in each class. The tech director projects the day’s lesson on a screen in front of the class and may zoom in on a specific item to highlight as the teacher talks.

Enokian walks around the class with a master iPad and controls the pace of the lesson and the motion of the instructional slides. She can see each student log in and track their answers and responses to questions and quizzes.

If a student exits out of the app the class is using and opens another app, Enokian can see that immediately and correct the issue. Whatever students draw is visible, so if a student draws a doodle, instead of the specified activity, Enokian can see that too and get the student back on task.

Although students can log on to specific apps, another app allows Enokian to push programs and tests to student iPads. Scores from the tests and quizzes are sent immediately to her iPad and she can then send the grades to her grade book.

Students work on a lesson about feudal power structure utilizing both pen and paper and iPads, in preparation for a quiz. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Students work on a lesson about feudal power structure utilizing both pen and paper and iPads, in preparation for a quiz. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Enokian has 40 iPads on the lockable cart in her classroom, allowing for a few spares if a device should have unresolved technical issues requiring support.

Other Luther teachers have borrowed the cart for specific lessons. One science teacher recently used the iPads to teach about the human eye, related Enokian. Students could see inside the eye and three-dimensionally and perhaps understand more clearly the structure of the eye.

Vivian Iniguez and Alexa Garcia, both 12, collaborated in class on a visual project about work in the Middle Ages. They found examples of stained glass windows online and added them to their poster presentation about work as a stained glass artist.

“Using the iPads just makes it more interesting,” said Garcia. “I remember what I do more.”

“Taking the quizzes are better on the iPad than on paper,” added Iniguez. “We get to look at the words we are learning and then can take the quiz right after.”

Students work in project groups using the iPads. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Students work in project groups using the iPads. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The iPads connect with a wide range of students and differing styles of learning. For students, many of whom have grown up with access to technology, one-to-one tablets are familiar and easy to use.

“Reading on an iPad is more fun than reading a textbook,” said 12-year-old Maki Salvador. “There are videos.”

“We don’t have to write a lot and learn from the textbooks,” added 12-year-old classmate Hermine Keshishyan. “Textbooks are boring. Since we’ve been using the iPads for a few months now, learning about social studies is more exciting.”

Students take a quiz on the iPads. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Students take a quiz on the iPads. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)