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June 21, 2013

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Sounds like a wonderful, progressive change, right? Not quite.
My daughter's high school was part of the pilot program to provide the iPads. Before we made our decision, I observed the class using the iPads. I sat in the back of the class, in full view of the student's screens. There was a lot more going on besides Algebra on those tablets, and the teacher had no idea. When I brought this up to the principal, he compared it to passing notes in class, and stated there was nothing they could do to prevent students from doing other activities during class. Also, parents were required to sign a contract stating they were financially responsible for the iPad, to the amount of $600. Should the iPad get lost, stolen, or broken, we would have to pay. At that time, no insurance policy was offered. Lastly, my daughter reported to us that more than one student she knew managed to break through the filter and access porn on the iPad. We opted out of the program, and my daughter was provided a textbook SIX WEEKS later after I demanded one.
CCSD needs to do much more than provide wifi access if this is going to enhance learning.

(Suggest removal) 6/21/13 at 6:47 a.m.

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