Nearly one year after Glendale voters approved a $270-million technology-focused school bond, they can now see evidence of the investment in classrooms.
On Monday, Glendale Unified kicked off a second consecutive week of technology training for its teachers, handing out dozens of new Mac laptops during a professional development session that officials say will directly impact classroom instruction.
“It is a tool, and if we don’t know how to use a tool effectively, it doesn’t do us any good,” Deputy Supt. John Garcia said of the training session.
This year, the district purchased 300 laptops for teacher use with Measure S dollars, officials said. An additional 600 computers will be in Glendale Unified classrooms by the end of the 2012-13 school year. In total, the district expects to invest $1.75 million in computers during the next three years.
And earlier this month, the Glendale Unified school board approved technology allocations to each individual school site that breaks down to $50 per student, or a total of $1.3 million, officials said.