Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Fri, 11/16/2012 - 11:39am
Superintendent Deasy wants to give each L.A. Unified student a high-tech device. That would mean 700,000 pieces of digital equipment costing about $450 million, not counting more than $200 million (and possibly double that) to update the campus' wireless Internet service. But his plan needs work.
Deasy's request for a first-phase infusion of $17.4 million in school bond money fell short by one vote.The vote was only advisory, and the school board could still approve the expenditure, but for now Deasy's office says he has no plans to bring it up again, and that's a good idea.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Fri, 11/16/2012 - 11:29am
It may not be long until it becomes common to hear teachers start a lesson by asking students to pull out their cellphones.
As schools try to add more technology during a time when they are receiving less funding, many will begin to consider allowing students to use devices they already own. That will include cell phones and electronic tablets like iPads.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 10/18/2012 - 4:42pm
This week, Baltimore County school officials started distributing hand-held metal detectors to school resource officers to help in the effort to keep weapons off campus. At the same time, Anne Arundel County made an app for students to submit tips about possible threats available on iTunes and Google Play. Parents who are worried about the rash of weapons incidents in area schools this year may be inclined to think Baltimore County is taking the more significant step, but research and recent experience suggest otherwise.
Submitted by ANGELA PASCOPELLA on Mon, 02/27/2012 - 4:05pm
While school district officials have wrestled with the issue of whether to set boundaries for teachers and coaches when texting and communicating with students using social media, high school students may have come up with an answer.