Skip to main content

View Diary: Try running a science class on $2.87/ student/ YEAR (154 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Your Classroom Supplies: Sponsored by Apple. (6+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Ammo Hauler, Amber6541, xgy2, Kamakhya, pot, bkamr

    But not necessarily Subsidized by Apple.

    My wife's a first grade teacher, and near the end of the last school year, they had a "professional development" day, where the district's technology point-man visited her school with a list of bullet points, describing ways that she and her co-workers could leverage technology to enhance learning in their classrooms.

    To me, the list didn't appear particularly well thought out, and was somewhat akin to:

    A.) Buy lots of new hardware!
    B.) ????
    C.) Educate!

    And in fact, it turns out that the district's guy only spoke for about an hour. The rest of his time was handed over to an Apple sales rep, who informed the teachers that even though the district had no plan to buy iPads for its students (or teachers), their classrooms would benefit from it, if they purchased one for personal use.

    The rank commercialism had all the teachers laughing, thinking about (a.) How they would come up with the personal money to purchase a $500 iPad in the first place. (b.) How they would purchase all the other assorted display technologies that would be required to leverage it in any useful fashion as a classroom tool. (c.) How they would keep a horde of first graders from fighting/arguing about who gets to play with the teacher's shiny new tech toy. AND (d.) Why they would want to pay $500 for a luxury item that would be dropped, thrown, and otherwise manhandled with regular frequency.

    Meanwhile, I'm guessing that the school district administration offices received some sort of discount on Apple products for THEIR use, in exchange for putting a snake-oil salesman in front of the teachers.

    Regards,
    Corporate Dog

    -----
    We didn't elect Obama to be an expedient president. We elected him to be a great one. -- Eugene Robinson

    by Corporate Dog on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 07:25:49 AM PST

    •  The Apple version of 'Let them eat cake' (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Amber6541, Corporate Dog, bkamr

      The only schools that can take advantage of the new technologies are those that are in well-to-do districts that can make up for public funding shortfalls with parent fund-raising and in many cases parental involvement that makes use of parent skills in those areas, e.g. certain Silicon Valley school districts.  Those students often have their own tablets.

      Most other average to under funded districts are SOL.

    •  Here's one of the really funny things ... we (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Corporate Dog

      actually have quite a bit of hi tech stuff in our classrooms, now, which I am very grateful for and use A LOT.  Not iPads or laptops, but I do have a projector hooked up to my computer and I have a super keen, cool and groovey white board set-up with my computer that I can print anything I write on it out for notes ... which really helps my special ed and ill students.

      We can get companies to give us grants for the high tech stuff, but we can't get anyone to fund pots, dirt, and seeds for learning botany and how to design an experiment to test the effects of soil on germination, growth rates, and leaf production.  Who wants to supply construction paper, graph paper, and rubber bands?  Or duct tape to hold our textbooks, together.

      Don't get me wrong, I use the internet projected into my class ALL the time!  I love it, and I love being able to use ppt presentations with embedded video etc.

      But, I still need test tubes and balloons and wash tubs for water baths ...

      Plutocracy (noun) Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; 1) government by the wealthy; 2) 21st c. U.S.A.; 3) 22nd c. The World

      by bkamr on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 02:13:55 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Heh. The grass is always greener... (0+ / 0-)

        ... particularly when you don't have any grass, and are expected to provide lunch for a bunch of hungry cows.

        My wife has been longing for that sort of whiteboard, and the school doesn't do a lot to help with the grant-writing process, so I'm always on the lookout for that sort of thing.

        Everything else she could take or leave; if the curriculum isn't geared towards using technology (and it's not) then she's of the opinion that it would be more of a distraction than a useful learning tool (at least for the age group she teaches).

        We can get companies to give us grants for the high tech stuff, but we can't get anyone to fund pots, dirt, and seeds for learning botany and how to design an experiment to test the effects of soil on germination, growth rates, and leaf production.  Who wants to supply construction paper, graph paper, and rubber bands?  Or duct tape to hold our textbooks, together.

        A rubber band can't be embossed with the name of a rich dead guy or corporation, unfortunately.

        Doing something out of ACTUAL philanthropy, rather than the appearance of it? Perish the thought.

        Regards,
        Corporate Dog

        -----
        We didn't elect Obama to be an expedient president. We elected him to be a great one. -- Eugene Robinson

        by Corporate Dog on Tue Nov 29, 2011 at 06:39:22 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

  • Recommended (156)
  • Community (66)
  • Baltimore (48)
  • Bernie Sanders (37)
  • Civil Rights (36)
  • Culture (30)
  • Elections (24)
  • Freddie Gray (23)
  • Law (22)
  • Hillary Clinton (21)
  • Economy (21)
  • Education (21)
  • Rescued (20)
  • Racism (20)
  • Texas (19)
  • Labor (19)
  • Environment (18)
  • Politics (17)
  • 2016 (16)
  • Media (16)
  • Click here for the mobile view of the site