LAUSD Superintendent: A Tablet Computer for Every Child

Do you think John Deasy can deliver? Should he?


LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy gave his back-to-school pep talk to about a thousand administrators and principals Thursday.

The biggest news out of the talk was his pledge to get a tablet computer to every student within the next 15 months.

It's a promise that pleased many in the crowd and many commentators on the Internet.

But the fact remains: that's about 600,000 tablets.

Read the Daily News on the pep talk here.

Do you think Deasy can do it? Should he? 

Tell us in comments. 

Alan Gordon August 12, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Those are not dumb ass kids, but that is a dumb ass superintendent. I don't think the moneyed people who are calling the shots give a fig about education of American education. They know they can outsource the work they need to India and China and get Indians and Chinese to bear the load of educating the workers. It's just mere economics!
Cheryl Ortega August 12, 2012 at 05:23 AM
John Deasy's mission - Destroy the contract, break up the union, get rid of those know-it-all experienced teachers, hire TFA's by the bushel (Teach for America), bring in loads of charter schools run by private companies, reconstitute, turnaround, "reform" everything in sight, get rid of all the District people who knew anything, hire everyone new so there's no cohesiveness, stability or institutional memory, terrorize teachers, threaten communities but put an ipad in everyone's hand. I guess that's the mission.
Jose August 14, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Who is paying for that technolgy? or at what cost those tablets are comming into the District? Clossing Early child Centers and keeping the few ones that stay open whit out Air condition, or in a healty way to provide the care of kids is the price we have to pay...
Alan Gordon August 14, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Thank you, Cheryl. You said it just right!!
Dwain Wilson August 14, 2012 at 04:34 PM
When it comes to the cost of the tablets, it actually begins to make sense when you consider the cost of textbooks. When old textbooks are replaced by new editions, the e-license would (should) be far less than the cost of paper books. To some degree, there's also the mitigation of the environmental impact of the resource consumption brought on by physical textbooks. Finally (and most importantly), there's evidence that electronic textbooks are more engaging for students, resulting in increased comprehension. A recent study of an algebra app developed by textbook publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) conducted in four CA school districts (Long Beach, Riverside, Fresno & San Francisco) “found a positive effect on student attitudes toward math, and those students with positive attitudes toward math achieved higher scores on the California Standards Test.” However, even the CEO of HMH echoed my earlier point that technology is not a “silver bullet” when she said that, “Education technology does not operate in a vacuum” and for classroom technology to have a beneficial impact requires “a supportive school culture and strategic implementation.” http://goo.gl/oDYl0


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