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asksqn
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asksqn,
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4/27/2015 | 3:14:42 PM
Cronyism makes the world go round
Yet another sweetheart deal for a well-connected crony of the LAUSD. The more money that is tossed at school districts in CA, the more corruption that ensues, and yet still, the quality of education in CA has plummented to worse than the Third World.
Broadway0474
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4/23/2015 | 8:54:01 PM
Re: Where to start with this one?
Pedro, I agree with you on a practical level. But call me idealistic --- at a certain point we need to stop using that as a crutch and learn from past mistakes and shoot for perfection. We may not get there but you can't unless you at least try.
PedroGonzales
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4/23/2015 | 1:44:38 PM
Re: Where to start with this one?
@ broadway. I friend of mine told me you can never plan all the things that could go run on a software project.  Even though, there is a lot of materials on planning and methodology.  I think because it was a high stake project with a lot pressure to deliver because of the promotion it received by the public and the industry.T  hey didn't force see all the factors which affected it in the end.
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Broadway0474,
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4/23/2015 | 12:06:39 AM
Re: Where to start with this one?
Pedro, I hope LA's school district can turn this project around and the white paper turns out to be a success story. On the other hand, there are plenty of examples in higher ed where schools have given out devices to students. It may not represent the same scale or population. At the same time, certain precedents were set and certainly best practices must be out there to follow.
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4/21/2015 | 8:52:41 PM
Re: Where to start with this one?
@ Broadway. This apple role out was supposed to be the hallmark of technology implementation in education. I remember reading the article here at informationweek.  It was interested to find out that getting tablets to students was only one of the problems.  I hope we get another article.  What are the lessons learned from trying to get tablets to kids in L.A. I'm sure it will be an excellent white paper of what not to do.
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4/20/2015 | 6:28:17 PM
one lesson
It suprises me that any school district would accept educational content tied to a specific platform. There's not really a good excuse for failing to make a Web app that runs on desktop and mobile devices, regardless of operating system.
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Broadway0474,
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4/18/2015 | 9:50:08 PM
Re: Where to start with this one?
Pedro, that's a great point. Besides the apparent corruption involved, the LA District and the vendor really botched the rollout with the teachers. The people who would be making this program a success on a daily, on the ground basis. The teachers were definitely not involved, it seems, in the planning or execution. I'd love to hear about a similar example where the opposite happened ... where everyone WAS involved and it was a success.
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4/18/2015 | 9:10:09 PM
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Whatever they did, they really did a mess to get the FBI involve.  This only supports that technology alone won't solve problems in education, technology isn't a panacea.  If administrators want to change education, it must involve all the parties involve and use technology to support that goal not the other way around.
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Broadway0474,
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4/17/2015 | 11:16:52 PM
Where to start with this one?
So are we to believe that the problem was just really poor rollout and execution by the curriculum vendor, Pearson? Or is all of that mention about the FBI flying into the scene (and I envision them jumping on ropes out of helicopters, swooping into the school district's HQ) supposed to leave us thinking that some really shameful corruption occurred?

 


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