5. Educational Technology and iPad Program
Like it or not, technology is here to stay, making it critically important for this millennial generation to be both tech-savvy and tech-ready. Now in its fourth year, MBUSD’s iPad program is thriving as more teachers access over 20,000 educational apps that are at their fingertips. Students at MBMS use the iPad to access assignments, turn in homework, collaborate with peers, and even communicate with their teachers after school hours. “In Manhattan Beach schools, technology has become an integrated and essential teaching and learning tool in our elementary schools and our middle school. I am beyond impressed at how different teaching and learning can look in a technology-rich classroom,” shares Superintendent Mike Matthews. Notably though, Mira Costa is a “BYOD” (Bring Your Own Device) school, which encourages students to access the technology of their choosing – including laptops, smartphones, and Google Chromebooks.