LONG BEACH >> At Our Lady of Refuge Catholic School in East Long Beach, the days of monotone reports are long gone. Now students are enthralling classmates with movie trailers made on iPads provided by the school.

“War hero. Killer. Tyrant,” declared one student-made trailer about Andrew Jackson, an eighth-grade history assignment. “He was against the rich,” stated a second. Some of the short films flashed the $20 bill that features the seventh president’s face. Another compared the president to the Jackson 5. The students appeared rapt as they took in trailer after trailer about President Jackson’s life on their classroom document camera, a digital overhead projector.