L.A. School District Terminates iPad Program and Seeks Refund From Apple

WELL, I DON’T WANT TO SAY I TOLD YOU SO, BUT…: L.A. School District Terminates iPad Program and Seeks Refund From Apple.

The original goal of the $1.3 billion project was to democratize access to high-quality devices and give every student exposure to these modern tools. Controversy about the usefulness of this type of technology for education began before the Los Angeles experiment, though, and continues to this day. Some schools have been able to successfully integrate iPads into their classrooms. But it’s not a matter of just giving students the gadgets. “Are American public schools ready to recognize that it’s the adults and students around the iPads, not just the iPads themselves, that require some real attention?” Lisa Guernsey wrote in Slate in 2013.

The L.A. school board maintains that technology has an important role to play in education, both for instruction and state testing. But for now, some things are still old school. The Times notes that this week the board ordered new math textbooks.  

For more background on this story, read my thoughts here, here, here, and here. I also liked that the “mixed” results touted earlier now seem to be less rosy.

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