The Los Angeles Unified School District spent millions on equipment and virtual learning tools during the pandemic. The spending, according to records obtained by dot.LA, included $23.4 million on several licenses for edtech apps, including Edgenuity, Discovery, Rosetta Stone, Blackboard and Edpuzzle. But while many of the edtech apps the district purchased helped students learn, some parents said others were boring and caused frustration. Read more...
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Among the edtech tools that LAUSD paid for a license, Edgenuity seemed to cause a fair amount of frustration for students and parents. LAUSD has been using Edgenuity for years for students to make up courses they didn't pass, known as credit recovery. But during the pandemic, teachers turned to it as an online teaching platform.
Deborah Rayow, Edgenuity's vice president for instructional design and learning science, told NBC News that its software wasn't designed for the pandemic and it's up to schools to give live instruction.
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