Here is a bigger problem. Our school was provided with a couple of iPad labs,
but only a few (useless) apps loaded on them and an onerous district process to
get more apps approved. In other words, they are basically useless to us as
teachers. In addition, we have no professional development time to learn how to
use the technology we have. Unless teachers are trained and valid reasons for
the technology exist, we are wasting our money on buying more and more of it.
Looking "cool" doesn't cut it.
Let's get real and follow the money. Becky Lockhart's husband Stan
works for IM Flash who would undoubtedly be selling software for all these
ipads. Of course, the media has been generally lame in covering this aspect of
it. But even if I were to give Lockhart the benefit of the doubt
that she thinks this will help our students, she is just plain wrong. Our
schools need more humans, not i-pads. They need more teachers to reduce class
size, they need more aides and tutors. I noticed how Northwest Middle School in
Salt Lake District has made incredible strides. I think the biggest factor
wasn't more technology but the fact that more aides and tutors and smaller
class sizes, which all came from the big, bad federal government via a grant,
made all the difference in the world. Instead of relying on the federal
government, it would be great for state and local funding to actually carry the
Howard Beal,I couldn't agree with you more. Thank you for your post
and research. I wish more did the same.
Right on Howard Beal.I wish you would post more, because you make so
much sense.Furthermore, I would like to pose this question to Mrs.
Lockhart herself: Have you visited your local public schools? I'm not
talking about the fancy private schools your kids go to. I'm talking about
your local public schools where the working class kids go. When was the last
time you spent a full day in a teacher's shoes. What
observations do you have Mrs.Lockhart? Did you see the pipes in the ceiling? Did
you see the tiles falling? Did you see the cracks in the brick? Did
you notice the desks? How about the age of the textbooks? Did you feel the lack
of air conditioning? Did you notice the class size? Did you see the lack of ESL
aides? Before you came up with your IPad handout idea, Mrs.
Lockhart, did you ask any teacher what their top concerns were? Why not? Why haven't you ever visited your local public schools? Why
haven't you ever spoken to a public school teacher? Why do you prefer
handouts to your husband at the expense of our school children?
Re: Howard Beal " Our schools need more humans, not i-pads."
Absolutely true! The problem with educational technology is that teachers at
the primary, secondary, and college levels confront a dizzying array of
different software, all of which must somehow be coordinated. This is indeed an
"horrific" challenge to teachers who have to dedicate time to such
chores, taking time away from instructing individual students.There
is no hiding from tech, but administrations have to do their jobs with it. This
they are not doing.