A Second Look at iPads in Los Angeles

22 Dec

Larry Cuban raises questions about the adoption of I-pads in the class room:
” There is no body of evidence that iPads will increase math and reading scores on state standardized tests”

Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

The rollout of iPads in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is becoming a classic case study of what not-to-do when implementing any innovation whether it is high-tech or low-tech.  I wrote about the adoption of the innovation six months ago.

What is clear now is that teachers and principals were excluded from the decision-making process. The Total Cost of Operation (TCO) was a mystery to the Board of Education who made the decision. And the initial deployment of the devices was so botched that the pilot project was put on hold.  Phase 2 and the eventual distribution of devices to all LAUSD students remains to be decided once errors have been sorted out.

Called The Common Core Technology Project, each iPad costs the district $678,  higher than the price of an iPad bought in an Apple store, but it comes with a case (no keyboard, however) and an array…

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2 Responses to “A Second Look at iPads in Los Angeles”

  1. Teresa December 23, 2013 at 1:23 am #

    Very interesting article. I am a pediatrician and I always ask my patients how school is going.I asked one teenager what her GPA average was. She told me that the ipad app was not working on her ipad issued from the school. She was in the 10th grade and did not know how to calculate her GPA. She blamed her lack of knowledge on the technology. Her mom reports that having an ipad only allowed her daughter to play on the internet, and her grades were mainly D’s.

    • jecgenovese December 23, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

      Thank you for your comments. It is good to have the perspective of a pediatrician. I think there should be greater collaboration between schools, teachers, educational psychologists, and pediatricians.

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