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iPads in the Classroom: How Did Lewisville Independent School District Get It So Right and Los Angeles Unified Get It So Wrong?

iPads in the Classroom: How Did Lewisville Independent School District Get It So Right and Los Angeles Unified Get It So Wrong?

Guest post by Los Angeles resident and edublogger Understanding Equity. Contrast between LAUSD and Lewisville ISD, Lewisville, TX: One to One Technology Plan as featured in Ed Week Recently, issues surrounding the rollout of iPads to students in LAUSD have lead to media reports of breaches in security, missing iPads and indecisiveness as to the iPads take-home policy. Rollouts of iPads in other sc... »

About those LAUSD iPads…

About those LAUSD iPads…

Another reader of K12NN writes in to say: “If you think that LAUSD is paying too much for the iPads, then what are the alternatives? Many would think that a Surface Pro (the Surface RT has too little horsepower) would be the way to go. But now Micro$oft would pay $200 to any iPad switcher: Microsoft will pay iPad users at least $200 to switch to Surface Doesn’t it give you pause that t... »

Four Key Questions All Parents Should Ask About Tablet Use in LAUSD Classrooms

Four Key Questions All Parents Should Ask About Tablet Use in LAUSD Classrooms

Dear Los Angeles Unified School Board Members: I’m a private citizen who cares about Public Education. I question the District’s decision to equip every student and teacher with an i-Pad, presumably for pedagogical purposes. These devices are appealing in many ways. I have one. But they don’t replace full-function computers, applications and networking software. I don’t like that such ... »

Open Letter to LAUSD Board Members Regarding iPad Purchases

Open Letter to LAUSD Board Members Regarding iPad Purchases

The following letter was sent to the LAUSD Board (emails below) and has been shared with K12NN. The author’s concerns are undoubtedly shared by many but s/he prefers not to self-promote as well as protect her/his privacy. Accordingly, the author’s name is not included. –Ed. marguerite.lamotte@lausd.net | (213) 241-6382 mónica.garcia@lausd.net | (213) 241-6180 tamar.galatzan@lausd... »

Apple Sells iPads to LAUSD — Something Does Not Compute

Apple Sells iPads to LAUSD — Something Does Not Compute

I’m writing this on my MacBook Pro, and I really appreciate that irony and privilege. But it doesn’t change what I’m about to say. When the Los Angeles Unified School District’s School Board decided at its mid-June 2013 meeting to purchase iPads for every child in the district, I was aghast. It wasn’t only the price, which was above retail (ABOVE retail?? What happene... »

CCSS Tests: Kids Need a Three Year Moratorium From Penalties For Many Good Reasons #TEACH13

CCSS Tests: Kids Need a Three Year Moratorium From Penalties For Many Good Reasons #TEACH13

On Monday, July 22, I appeared as a guest of AFT TEACH 2013’s town hall on Common Core State Standards. To give you an idea of the ambivalence with which CCSS is met by both teacher and parents, the title of the town hall was “Common Core: The Good, The Bad, The Promise, and the Politics.” I mostly discussed the politics, jumping off from the points I made in my San Jose Mercury ... »

Bonds would fund business investment in schools under Steinberg proposal – by Kathryn Baron

By Kathryn Baron The leader of the California State Senate says the way to encourage more and stronger bonds between industry and education is through, well, bonds. With California facing a shortage of qualified workers for 21st century jobs, Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg wants to entice businesses to become more involved in job training by asking them to invest in a new type of s... »

Here’s A Great Stock Tip For You All!

Here’s A Great Stock Tip For You All!

If you want to make a lot of money and screw over millions of children, particularly inner-city children, all at the same time (and who doesn’t want to do that?), then join my favorite Governor Paul LePage and invest heavily in on-line learning. Studies have shown on-line learning to be a total sham when it comes to educating children, but hey, when the State will pay someone like K12 Inc. o... »

The Failed Microsoft Corporate Origins of “Value-Added” Teacher Rankings

Readers of the Vanity Fair piece highlighting Microsoft’s decade of failure to innovate and resulting loss of market share can’t help but notice the close parallels between that company’s decline and their corporate practice of “stack ranking.” “Stack ranking,” as described in “Microsoft’s Downfall: Inside the Executive E-mails and Cannibalisti... »

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