LAUSD seeks multimillion-dollar refund from Apple for scrapped iPad in education program



  • Reply 41 of 45
    ipenipen Posts: 410member

    Originally Posted by TheWhiteFalcon View Post


    Look, Pearson Education is a garbage company, with garbage products. This is widely known.


    Why is this Apple's fault?

    Because Apple partners with Pearson for the project.  When your partner couldn't deliver, you're blamed too.

  • Reply 42 of 45
    ds92jzds92jz Posts: 90member

    Peason and their cohorts produce mediocre products at highly inflated prices.

  • Reply 43 of 45
    mnbob1mnbob1 Posts: 269member
    Apple has full culpability in this project. Pearson was a subcontractor of Apple. The school district fired Pearson last year but kept moving forward with the iPads that had been delivered and experimented with other devices. Part of the problem was that the original iPads were delivered with iOS 6. The security features needed for the implementation were added in iOS 7. Now the district is muddying the waters by throwing other devices into the mix. The big mistake was that Apple brought in Pearson. They are behind in digital learning.
  • Reply 44 of 45
    freerangefreerange Posts: 1,595member
    This program was poorly planned from the start. And to now put chromebook and surface garbage into students' hands shows that the level of incompetence at the school district continues.
  • Reply 45 of 45
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 23,380member
    freerange wrote: »
    This program was poorly planned from the start. And to now put chromebook and surface garbage into students' hands shows that the level of incompetence at the school district continues.
    Chromebooks may be a better choice for some grades and/or school districts. There's not a lot of head-to-head comparisons I can find but this is one of them.

    "Hillsborough took a different approach. During the 2012–2013 school year, the district executed a comparative pilot, giving iPads to 200 kids and Chromebook laptops to an almost equal number. As other schools rushed into programs they would later scrap, Hillsborough took a more cautious approach, hedging its bets and asking educators: How can we get this right?
    In June 2014, seventh-graders filed into Jennifer Harmsen’s Hillsborough Middle School social studies class. They sat in a u-shaped forum of desks. Native American artifacts hung on the walls and a world map mural enveloped a corner of the room in blues and greens.
    Students pulled Chromebooks from their book bags, opened them, and got to work. They watched a video lesson covering topics like aqueduct architecture and Roman numerals. When they finished, Harmsen directed them to put the devices in “listening mode,” and they snapped the lids down.
    After receiving teacher and student feedback from the 2012–2013 school year, Hillsborough sold its iPads and will distribute 4,600 Chromebooks by the fall of 2014. The students in Harmsen’s class had been on Hillsborough’s iPad pilot team, and Harmstead admits she was a little disappointed when the district chose to go with Chromebooks. She said being on the pilot iPad team transformed her classroom approach after 24 years of teaching and made her a digital-education advocate. But now that she’s spent a full year using the new device—a pared-down laptop that stores files on the Internet—she agrees with the decision."

    "Other iPad pilot teachers came to see the benefits of laptop capabilities, too. “At the end of the year, I was upset that we didn’t get the iPads,” said seventh-grade science teacher Larissa McCann. “But as soon as I got the Chromebook and the kids started using it, I saw, ‘Okay, this is definitely much more useful.’ ”
    While nobody hated the iPad, by any means, the iPad was edged out by some key feedback, said Joel Handler, Hillsborough’s director of technology. Students saw the iPad as a “fun” gaming environment, while the Chromebook was perceived as a place to “get to work.”"
Sign In or Register to comment.