Alhambra Unified School District elementary students are enjoying learning in new computer labs at their schools. Over the summer, each elementary school received two sets of 37 each, new Hewlett Packard computers. One set of computers refreshed their existing labs; while the other set created new labs at the schools. The District’s Technology and Information Services department installed new cabling and switches to accommodate the new labs and also new ceiling mounted projectors and drop down screens. The students are using HP ProDesk 600 computers with Corei5 processors, 4 GB RAM, and 128 GB SSD drives, which run the Win 7 Pro 64bit Operating System. The new computers have computer lab management software installed that allows teachers to interact with students’ computers.
The labs assist schools in teaching the new Common Core State Standards, which aim to prepare students for college and careers with curriculum that emphasizes problem solving, critical thinking, project-based learning, and real world application to the 21st century workplace. The new labs were included in the LCAP plan written last year, and the District committed the funds needed to ensure students were working on up-to-date equipment.