AirTalk for October 3, 2013

What can LAUSD learn from students' smart enough to 'jailbreak' iPads?

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Should the LAUSD just call it quits on the iPad program?

It was supposed to put an iPad in the hands of every student in the Los Angeles Unified School District, but the $1 billion program has seen nothing but problems since it debuted about 2 weeks ago. Now the district has asked students at three high schools -- Angelou, Roosevelt and Westchester – to hand back their tablets for an indefinite period of time.

Those schools are among 13 that have received iPads in the first phrase of the program. LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy said on AirTalk earlier this week that some issues to such an ambitious rollout are to be expected.

“It's inherent in the process as we are learning," Superintendent Deasy told Larry. "we are watching many districts now in California and around the nation doing exactly what we are doing.”

Should the LAUSD scrap the iPad program? Did the district rush its implementation of the program? How could the iPad program adjust to the reality that students use the technology in contexts outside of K-12 curricula?

Guests:
Bernadette Lucas, Director, Common Core Technology, LAUSD; Previously, as principal of Melrose Elementary School (Mathematics, Science and Technology magnet), Lucas oversaw a pilot program introducing iPads to students

Brandon Martinez, assistant professor of clinical education Rossier School of Education at USC


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