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was priced at $1200 per unit (without a color touchscreen or wireless). For the same price today, a school can purchase two or three lap- top computers with capabilities that are be- yond the imagination of the original inven- tors of the Apple II. And while education has an abundance of digital tools to use, the need is not in the tools. The need exists in the ability and practice of using the extant tools. The following are a sampling of living exam- ples of the SAMR model in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. OverDrive: enhancing the reading experience Under the SAMR model, an example of Augmentation (technology as a substitute with functional improvement) is OverDrive, which is a free service offered by HLPUSD to students in support of literacy and lan- guage arts. OverDrive allows students to borrow digital content such as eBooks and audiobooks anytime, anywhere. Every OverDrive collection is slightly different be- cause each library or school picks the digital content they want for their users. All that is needed to get started with the plethora of free digital content from school is an Inter- net connection and their HLPUSD student ID and password. Students have access to a District wide shared library that allows them to borrow eBooks and audiobooks using any browser from any device. Some schools have additional selections they have purchased for their students. The district has allocated each school library a set of 30 Kindle E-readers for student checkout to improve student access to technology. OverDrive offers the software app called Sora. This new app from OverDrive is de- signed for students and features reading activity enhancement and personalization. The state of the art reading experience is cre- ated by Sora’s eBook reader. A student can add bookmarks, make notes and highlights, and define words while reading. Select titles have professional narration so students can follow along with the text. Moreover, un- like printed books, students can adjust the font type (including dyslexic font) and font size. The Sora audiobook player allows users to listen when, where, and how they want. Swipe on the book jacket to jump backward or forward, or use the seek bar to go to a specific spot. Adjustable playback speed In- crease narration speed up to 3x. Students can also add bookmarks, notes, and highlights as they listen. Collaboration to solve community based problems with digital tools The beauty of technology is that it tran- scends content areas and grade levels. In a high school physics class at Los Altos High School, students are designing solutions to community-based problems using digital tools. To help teachers learn and adopt tech- nology in pedagogy, Samsung has gifted classrooms with tablets through their Sam- sung Solve for Tomorrow contest. Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights became the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Califor- nia state winner in November 2018 for their proposed STEM project to help control the Asian tiger mosquito problem in their com- munity. The goal is that students will get ac- cess to digital tools to explore their STEM- based questions and inquiries. This tool will allow for data collection, writing for commu- nication, conducting research, and creating solutions to their investigations. This year, Los Altos High School teacher Paul Fang had a class investigate a way to build a better, more effective mosquito trap for communi- ties. The purpose of this project is for the stu- dent to integrate technology in a novel way to solve emerging, societal problems. This type of learning is experiential, technology-based, innovative, and most importantly, effective. Advanced technology advancing learning opportunities Partnerships with local businesses and learning communities provide opportuni- ties for teacher development. In this case, a Nanotechnology group that supports Nano-inspired, phenomena-based teaching partnered with a loan program for a Scan- ning Electron Microscope under the Hita- chi Inspire STEM Education Program for Workman High School. In a setting like this, students can explore their own ques- tions about matter and its interactions, while working and researching like an actual sci- entist. The ability to use an SEM on a table March | April 2019 29