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LAUSD: "an astonishing success"


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L.A. Unified survey finds little use of iPads' curriculum

 

 

 

To date, the district has spent $61 million on the iPads, including carts to charge them.

 

 

 

The curriculum, which cost L.A. Unified about $200 per device over three years, was among the biggest problems identified by schools.

 

 

 

In May, researchers visited 245 classrooms in a sample of 19 schools. The Pearson curriculum was being used in one classroom — for a lesson on fractions.

 

 

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people automatically think that having technology available is going to make our kids smarter just like that. kids still need basic tools like how to read and how to find information, then understand what that info means. you can use technology for that, but ipads in and of themselves are not a cure all.

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Hey, I know!  Let's go buy all these cool tablet devices and give them to students!  

 

Then, sometime after we bought them and handed them out, we can sit down and figure out how we should use them in a classroom setting.  You know ... put a game plan together.  Share best practices with teachers, students and parents.  This is going to be awesome!     (someday)

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I know right. God forbid someone speak a language other than English, the most flawed and confusing language on the planet.

there should be English cops roaming the streets, beating anyone who utters a foreign word

 

Japanese far out ranks English as flawed and confusing, so much so the Prime Minister of Japan has been called out numerous times for using the wrong characters in his written work. Chinese has so many provinces that have their own dialect that you can say the same word seven different ways and depending on where you are it is a compliment or insult or a request for more noodles. Which could insult the cook.

 

Probably pretty close is Icelandic/Norwegian/Finnish where every word seems to need some clarifier as to what is or isn't accented and everything is written as though a vowel costs $500 to use.

 

Ever hear of the phrase, It's all Greek to me? Yeah, even the Greeks use it to describe their complex language to the Arab world that took it and the language of the Africans and Asians and convoluted it over centuries to the point all words relate to the action of hocking up some flem to spit.

 

Then there is always German that takes entire sentences and makes them into single words like rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz that nearly uses every letter in the alphabet, twice, to describe monitoring beef labeling. It is almost as though they are challenging Mary Poppins for the most obtuse word to make a song about and if you were to sing about Chimney Sweeps like in the movie it would go like this:

Chim, chimney

Chim, chimney

Chim, chim, cher-ee

Bezirksschornsteinfegermeister  is as lucky

As lucky can be...

 

Everyone sing along now!

 

 

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Did I mention the Germans invaded France with their force of schutzengrabenvernichtungsautomobile? Yeah, one country that contracts sentences into words attacks another country that's language is only recognizable when you are drunk of your ass and slurring every word.

 

But English is hard.

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Our district is rolling out one to one chromebooks to our students in grades 2-8 this year.  The students have to have a google account on the district's domain to use them, so no apps can be downloaded to them.  They are preloaded with the apps that will be used in the classroom. 6-8 graders get to take them home (ack!) 

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The government forgot that iPads are basically toys and have almost zero practical use

 

They are actually incredibly useful educational devices if used properly.

 

Problem is, like most things in CA education, they don't invest enough time training the teachers to make them worth it.

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Our district is rolling out one to one chromebooks to our students in grades 2-8 this year.  The students have to have a google account on the district's domain to use them, so no apps can be downloaded to them.  They are preloaded with the apps that will be used in the classroom. 6-8 graders get to take them home (ack!) 

 

At least your district is showing some restraint with regard to finances by purchasing Chromebooks and not iPads. 

 

That's something that really pisses me off about the public school system...their insistence on using expensive Apple products almost exclusively when it's totally unnecessary. 

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Our district is rolling out one to one chromebooks to our students in grades 2-8 this year.  The students have to have a google account on the district's domain to use them, so no apps can be downloaded to them.  They are preloaded with the apps that will be used in the classroom. 6-8 graders get to take them home (ack!) 

 

 

you must be in the poor school district.  My school district can spend 4x what your district uses, and not even use it!  /cry

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