iPads For School Kids?

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Adams, Franklin, and Washington Elementary Schools and La Cuesta High School were chosen to participate in the new one-to-one iPad pilot program this school year. Third through 6th graders and 11th graders at the four schools can expect iPads in their backpacks beginning in January, pending further dialogue between the district, teachers, parents and students this fall. The initiative could cost up to $660,000 from Common Core State Standards Implementation funds for the year, depending on how many students opt to provide their own tablet or purchase one on a three-year-plan for about $20 per month.


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What a boondoggle this is. Vendors (Apple) keen on selling gadgets en masse, School Administrators hip to look good and tech savvy outright lying to taxpayers as well as threatening teachers to keep quiet, NO empirical evidence that these tools/methods actually work, and the list goes on..... And YES there is evidence of all of this.

At this point I am seriously wondering WHY the Independent's writers are NOT asking some of the hard questions of our district admins regarding these shenanigans ??

The LaTimes has a piece today "Who pays if L.A. Unified students lose or break iPads?"

yendopostal (anonymous profile)
September 26, 2013 at 11:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)

agree strongly yendo... it is a boondoggle! The initiative sounds half-baked and trendy, but congratulations to Limon and Parker for their skepticism (not mentioned by Brugger). Tech issues have caused the district grief, and when the District's tech guy, Ryckman, now says "the newer system should be able to handle 15,000 people all using 2.5 devices at once” the operative word to study is “should”. How will kids power up their iPads at home if they don't have the right extra gear? What about the keyboards? How much training have the teachers really had in teaching with them?
Is our Board aware of the struggles they’re having in iPad rollout in LAUSD? Common Core is really a tech industry initiative which will oblige taxpayers to fund these gizmos at the expense of more high quality teachers. Why are the vendors like Apple controlling curriculum??

DrDan (anonymous profile)
September 26, 2013 at 3:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Agreed. more waste by local gov.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
September 26, 2013 at 4:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

but we do not fully concur, JL, since I do want more government spending on schools, but want it well-thought out, not driven by the big vendor Apple Inc., and more funds should go to hire excellent young teachers. Mayor Schneider dropped her local tax idea in her 4-point reform plan of 2012.
The focus in school should be old-fashioned face-to-face education, with class size keeping to 30 or so. Many stories about the schools of leading countries like Finland show basic schoolrooms, blackboard & whiteboards, chairs, desks, papers, AND WELL-TRAINED EXCELLENT TEACHERS. Great teachers cost money of course, they get pensions and health care, they are vital professionals. It's too easy and obvious to throw money at gear, and that is also cheaper in the long run from the anti-schools perspective. This perspective usually chants, "waste by local gov."

DrDan (anonymous profile)
September 26, 2013 at 6:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

MORE problems with the rollout of iPads in LA! Steve Lopez asks the obvious question: what about teacher plans using these? See
This is a colossal waste of money by the district even at only 4 schools. C'm Limon, Parker: recheck this expenditure.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
September 28, 2013 at 3:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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