Burbank educators are taking another step toward establishing more technologically advanced classrooms nearly a year after voters passed the $110-million Measure S bond.
The bond has emerged as a timely resource for the school district, officials say, as they begin to implement the new Common Core state standards that promote greater use of technology in the classroom, such as multimedia presentations, as well as more in-depth critical thinking, reading and writing skills.
School officials estimate it will cost $9 million — or $10,000 per classroom — to bring the 21st-century technology to students.
In preparation to teach the new standards that be in full implementation by 2014-15, the school district initiated a 21st-century learning experiment during the last school year.
Eight teachers volunteered to house advanced interactive white boards or projectors that play video and respond to touch. They also experimented with tablets, tools that amplified teachers' voices and clicking devices students use to respond to questions during lessons.