I’m looking — granted, from afar — at the unfolding debacle of the iPad program in the Los Angeles schools. Based on what I know, I’m almost viewing it with awe — the district has seemed to make every mistake imaginable. It’s almost laughable, if you didn’t think of the huge amounts of money involved, the thousands of classroom hours lost to the fiasco, and the fear that it will instill in other districts around the country to even think of expanding technology to their students.
If only they had read just a few of the articles on The Best Resources For Beginning iPad Users list, along with the countless other ones available written by educators who actually have had experience with rolling out tech programs (not to mention The Best Advice On Using Education Technology).
I’m just beginning this list with a couple of articles (many more have been written, but I think these two are the best I’ve seen so far), but I’m sure it will grow quickly:
The inside story on LA schools’ iPad rollout: “a colossal disaster” is from The Hechinger Report.
New problems surface in L.A. Unified’s iPad program is from The Los Angeles Times.
The L.A. schools’ excellent iPad adventure is a very good piece from The Los Angeles Times.
Students Are ‘Hacking’ Their School-Issued iPads: Good for Them may be the best piece written on so far on what’s going on. It’s written by Audrey Watters, and appears in The Atlantic.
LA schools and iPads: Big promises but where’s the research? is from Southern California Public Radio.
Here’s how she ends it:
In the days since the story broke about the Indiana and California students’ “hacking” their iPads, the districts’ poor planning and preparation has been roundly criticized. But more important perhaps than pointing a finger at any one security or administrative issue here, we should recognize that the real failure may be more widespread and more insidious: a profound lack of vision about how students themselves could use—want to use—these new technologies to live and to learn at their fullest potential.
LAUSD looking to delay iPad distribution is from The LA Daily News.
LA Unified School District has no Plan B for iPad project is from Southern California Public Radio.
Curriculum Prompts New Concerns in L.A. iPad Plan is from Ed Week.
Critics See Risks in Use of Bonds for School Tech Projects is from Education Week.
Funding for L.A. Unified’s iPad program uncertain after three years is from The Los Angeles Times.
L.A. Unified schools to move forward with trimmed-down iPad plan is from the Los Angeles Times.
iPad software licenses expire in three years, L.A. Unified says is from The Los Angeles Times.
Many of L.A. Unified’s iPad project wounds are self-inflicted is from The L.A. Times.
iHave a Dream: The unanswered questions behind LA’s ed tech fiasco is from Pando Daily.