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Stories that celebrate how educators and school communities in L.A. Unified are impacting student achievement through instructional technology.

Empowering Students to Change the Game as Innovative Designers at Augustus F. Hawkins High School

By Jacqueline Paredes, Computer Science CTE Teacher, & Matthew Piwowarczyk, Instructional Technology Facilitator
Augustus F. Hawkins High School, South Mid-City Community of Schools, Local District West, Board District 1

"In the year 2867, planet Earth has no longer been habitable and the human race has been forced to evacuate...After 18 long years of exploration, they come across the planet Tuwan. Yet it just seems like history tends to repeat itself…” So starts the video game Tuwan, which was created by Augustus F. Hawkins High School alumna Atani M. Nelson (Class of ‘21) to answer the question: how can we explore other worlds without colonizing?

Featuring up-to-date information on what's happening with instructional technology in L.A. Unified.
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Digital Futures Guide

The L.A. Unified Digital Futures Guide is a unique framework centered on students and outlines changes to district infrastructure and processes, as well as a series of innovation pilots aimed at shifting the use of technology in transformative and equitable ways which will require significant changes in practice on the part of district leaders and teachers.

Leading for Impact Podcast

Leading for Impact Podcast

Empowering leader and Local District Superintendent, Frances Baez, emphasizes the themes of transformation, equity and innovation in our campuses. She creates a culture that enriches teaching and learning with a champion mentality and shares her vision for building leadership and mentorship across communities.

Enjoy the Leading for Impact podcast at or listen on: Apple Podcasts and Spotify Logo

Join a Computer Science (CS) Secondary Cohort

Applications are now open! Are you interested in bringing computer science to your school?

  • Grades 6-8 Computer Science Discoveries
  • Grades 9-12 Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles
  • Grades 9-12 Advanced Placement Computer Science A
  • 9-12 Advanced Placement Computer Science A
Join one of our secondary computer science cohorts by completing our CS Professional Learning interest form.
Instructional Technology Planning Cohort 2021-22

Instructional Technology Planning Cohort 2021 - 2022

April 11-13, 2022
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Space is still available. We invite school Instructional Leadership Teams (ILTs) to join us for a 3-day cohort to dialogue and develop an informed, effective school-wide plan for digital age learners. This is a professional learning opportunity which provides school Instructional Leadership Teams guidance in developing an Instructional Technology Plan for digital learning tailored to each school’s needs..

Complete our interest form while there is still space available to join our cohort sessions offered during off-track times.

ITI Professional Learning Sessions

ITI Professional Learning Sessions

The following professional learning sessions will help you learn how to implement the ISTE Innovative Designer standard and gain the skills and dispositions for sound instructional practices.

  • Hacking STEM
  • An Interdisciplinary Approach to Creative Computing
  • ISTE Innovative Designer
  • Get Creative with Physical Computing
  • ITI Reaching Beyond the Classroom: Digital Citizen Asynchronous
For more information about our Professional Learning Opportunities visit the ITI website and register through MyPLN.
Recognizing L.A. Unified educators that have achieved certification in the area of digital citizenship and instructional technology.

Common Sense Education Recognition

We would like to celebrate our L.A. Unified 49 new educators and Lorne Street Elementary in Local District Northwest who have achieved Common Sense Education Recognition for digital citizenship. Click the directories and map below to view all Common Sense Education recognized educators and schools across the district:

Common Sense Education Recognition Map


Google Certified Educator Program

Congratulations to our L.A. Unified Google Certified Educators. Click on the map to view all Google Certified Educators across the district.

Google Certified Education Program Map

Learn more about the Google Certified Educator Program.


Featuring recommended resources and tools for the classroom that have completed the District's Unified Digital Instructional Procurement Plan(UDIPP) process. Check UDIPP approval here.
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Help students become innovative designers by empowering them with voice and choice to create digital content. By using multimedia in the classroom, students develop collaboration, critical thinking and creative and problem-solving skills. WeVideo is the essential creative app that drives deeper learning and student engagement. With WeVideo, teachers can create engaging content while helping students deepen their own knowledge through the creative process. Students and educators log in with L.A. Unified's Single Sign On (SS0).

Highlighting resources and opportunities that support implementation of instructional technology and 21st-century education.
LEETSFest22 - Save the Date

4th Annual Leading Edge EdTech Summit 2022 - #LEETSFest22

Save the Date: April 23, 2022

Now in its 4th year, the Leading Edge EdTech Summit or LEETS is transitioning back into an in-person edtech festival, officially named LEETSFest22, after having been virtual last year due to the pandemic. ITI will be partnering with Intel to host this weekend event with keynote and workshop sessions on Saturday, April 23, 2022. These sessions will feature exemplary learning experiences captured by L.A. Unified educators demonstrating the continuum of personalized learning. For Registration, go to MyPLN (Keywords: ITI, LEETS) Compensation: District Training Rate

To learn more, click here.

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Voluntary MyPLN Opportunities

Common Sense Education - Free professional development events available through MyPLN.

Would you like to learn practical strategies for teaching with technology and supporting students to become innovative designers? Join any of the voluntary Common Sense Education chats, webinars, or interactive workshops throughout the month. You may register through MyPLN, Keywords: Common Sense, ITI.

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Nearpod - Attend a live free webinar

Seeing is believing! Come see the Nearpod magic in action and get ideas you can take back to your school and classroom. Registered participants will receive a certificate upon attendance and completion of this voluntary webinar. You may register through MyPLN, Keywords: Nearpod, ITI.


ISTELive 22 (In Person & Virtual)

June 26-29, 2022

Would you like to learn how to best support implementation of instructional technology? ISTELive 22 will be virtual and in person in New Orleans! No matter where you live, how you learn or what your comfort level, ISTELive 22 has an experience tailored for you! Attend sessions in person; watch sessions remotely from one of many spacious locations on-site; or join the action virtually from your hotel, a nearby park or an outdoor café. There has never been more options for customizing your ISTELive experience!

Amazon Future Engineers - class chats

Amazon Future Engineer Class Chats

Would you like to learn how to best support implementation of instructional technology and help students become innovative designers? Encourage your students to pursue a career in STEM by bringing an Amazon professional to the classroom. Amazon Future Engineer’s Class Chat volunteers will share their personal career story and insight into work in tech and answer your students' career questions. Class Chats are free, live, interactive, and available to everyone.

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NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants

Envision Equity Grants enable educators to test creative new ideas and innovations, demonstrating exemplary teaching and learning. They also support project-based learning and help educators to advance students' cultural understanding and appreciation, anti-racism commitments, and understanding of civic engagement and democracy. Envision Equity grants will fund projects between $1,500 and $5,000. Grants fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award. Spring 2022 Application Period: March 1, 2022-May 1, 2022

Highlighting the latest research and promising practices in the field of instructional technology and 21st century education.
Class is in Session in VR

Forget Zoom School. For Some Students, Class is in Session in VR

Read about how educators are implementing VR technology to support student learning. Jeremy Bailenson has studied virtual reality for decades. But it wasn't until last year that the Stanford professor felt the technology was good enough that he could actually teach a class in VR.

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