Technology in Education Standards in Los Angeles

by Anup Maurya


Teaching robotics and informing informatics presents the same difficulties that teachers have to overcome in order to ensure that all students learn the required skills and acquire greater autonomy in using these technologies. A one of the more popular methods of the school’s education that is based on information technology (IT) instruction that’s been incorporated into the ISTE standards framework is to lead by delivering instruction. Instructional leadership is considered to be an innovative method to use technology in the classroom and is considered to be an option that is more sustainable to taking the lead using technology. It is believed that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has made significant progress in the implementation of ISTE standards, with instructional leadership including. According to ISTE Standards leaders as well as evangelists from the LAUSD There are a number of distinctions between teaching by instruction and leading using the aid of technology, which indicates that the former is more beneficial.

The Main Goals

In the current paradigm of technology usage in the classroom, technology are compared to teachers separately their leverage and abilities. This means that devices are evaluated against each others based on a certain list of criteria, as the impact on teaching their introduction is generally ignored. In the LAUSD teachers’ staff believe it is essential to make use of their knowledge to make use of technology that will satisfy the needs of students.

Additionally aside, the LAUSD question the validity that the 1:1 system is a valid model in which ensuring that every student has at minimum one device is considered to be essential for IT education. Teachers at LAUSD are aware that the fact that a student has equipment doesn’t automatically ensure that every student will benefit from it. The school has a preference to give students a meaningful, personal and humanistic education the top the top priority. It is believed that this way, students from different backgrounds, talents and personalities stand a greater chance of succeeding academically and getting the best possible outcomes.

The LAUSD has taken a variety of steps to comply with the ISTE standards. This is evident in the following examples of artefacts change in curriculum, curriculum, and changes to the school’s philosophy. The school admits it is one of the major issues students are facing today is developing the skills which will help them prepare for their future college and career. The first step towards reaching this goal is to teach students to have a positive mindset, as thinking precedes actions. The new school’s LEGO Innovation Lab (LEGO Education) Second graders are taught concepts of engineering. They construct their own Simple Machines LEGOS and engage in LEGO WeDo 2.0.

Through this students do not only gain technical abilities, but also learn to interact with one another and become responsible for their education. The teacher is not involved in their learning process and only offers guidance as required. The classes in the LEGO Lab are in line with requirements of the ISTE Standard for students 5: Computational Thinker. Students break problems down into components, collect key details, and then create conceptual models to comprehend complex systems and aid in problem solving.

To encourage a growing mindset, during the second semester, LAUSD concentrated in Innovation Zone #3: Science Lab/Maker Space. In Innovation Zone #3, students are able to develop into engineers and scientists through an array of lessons based on standards and projects. The facility was designed to conform to ISTE standards. In accordance with the ISTE framework Innovation zones are a way to spread and help to create a shared idea that all students can are able to express their creativity. Through their work in the Science Lab/ Maker Space the students were able shift their roles from consumers to technology creators. This is in accordance with the teacher Mrs. Helen Garcia’s views of the lab aids students in “setting objectives for learning” and also becoming “self-aware of their preferences for learning.” The Innovation Zone #3 benefitted not only students but also the teaching staff. As per TRACK studies, teachers of The LAUSD were able implement the three types of information: pedagogical, content and technological.

Another objective set by LAUSD for 2019 was to achieve standards set by the ISTE standard for students 5: Computational Thinking 5d. In line with the standard it is expected that students understand the process of automation and apply algorithms to create an order of steps that allow them to develop and evaluate automated solutions. This is achieved by keeping Innovation Zone #1 and training teachers to enhance their capabilities and knowledge. Innovative Zone #1 is dedicated programming and robotics. It is operational in the morning and after school.

The LAUSD recognizes that, in the 21st century the ability to code is set to become an professional and academic necessities. In Innovation Zone #1, the curriculum is more than just code. It integrates robotics and technology into interactive STEAM and computational thinking. Students are able to develop their mathematical and computational skills while programming the Spheros and get hands-on practical experience. What’s remarkable in the learning experiences in Innovation Zone #1 is the self-confidence that students gain through overcoming obstacles and pushing the limits of their abilities. According to the ISTE Student Standards, they create problem definitions that are appropriate to technology-based methods. In doing this they develop their skills in the areas of data analysis, abstract modeling, as well as algorithmic thought. The teacher’s job is restricted to coaching and mentorship and allowing students to develop their own solutions.

The broad usage of technology has left young people with unique problems to be overcome that may require support from outside. The LAUSD strives to achieve requirements of the ISTE Standard for Students 2 Digital Citizenship. The second part of the standard recommends that students manage and cultivate their reputation and digital identity in a way that they are conscious of the enduring nature of their online actions and actions within the digital world. In the LAUSD students, they discuss issues of online presence in what is known as Restorative Circles. They are teacher-led groups that by providing support and acceptance help students adopt secure online behavior practices. Blended Restorative Circles operate both online and offline, with the latter being enabled by the LAUSD’s Learning Management System (LMS).

The two types of Restorative Circles have been proven extremely beneficial to students. Teachers have noticed an increase in attendance because students were able to attend online classes. Participants felt a sense of belonging, knowing that they weren’t on their own and were able to count on their teachers and peers. This helped reduce their anxiety and stopped them from being isolated and disengaged. The LAUSD intends to encourage safer online behaviour and help its students


In these past decades, the field of education has experienced a paradigm shift. With school subjects getting more attention than ever in the present robotics and informatics aren’t an exception. Their teaching and curriculums are increasingly focused on students’ individuality and focusing on accessibility, equity and access for everyone. In the year 2019 the LAUSD has seen tangible improvements in meeting ISTE standards through the use of Innovation Zones and holding restorative circles. The new programs aid students in enhancing their soft and hard skills , as well as to change their attitudes to foster the development of their skills and independence.

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