blank'/> Liberally Lean From The Land Of Dairy Queen: I Want My Government Handout!!! Decatur Considering Purchasing iPads For All Middle School Students!

3.23.2012

I Want My Government Handout!!! Decatur Considering Purchasing iPads For All Middle School Students!


SUPERINTENDENT RECOMMENDS IPADS – As part of a new academic vision for the district, Decatur Superintendent Rod Townsend encouraged the school board at last night’s meeting to consider purchasing iPads for all students and teachers at the middle school . . . More in the Update (which wasn't loaded until well after 9:00 a.m. this morning)

Edit. Wow. Paradise is already doing this. Here's there* their "iPad handbook". (pdf)

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*Bridgeport education sneaking through again.

83 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sweet Baby Jesus... This town is so "keep up w the Jonses". Wish they would focus on something more important than the flashy techno-gadgets.

Anonymous said...

I don't know anything about the inner-workings of DISD, so I'm looking forward to the comments on this one. As an outsider, though, this sounds ridiculous! My initial thought is, "What is the superintendent gaining from this?"

Anonymous said...

My kid can use an IPAD, but her spelling is not good.

Anonymous said...

http://www.averyschools.net/domain/613

This is not new. Print is dead. soon all school books will be in this format.

Anonymous said...

as a person that went through high school in the seventies, I have to say, as hand held calculators were becomming comonplace, no school administrator ever went to bat for us and suggested that we be given calculators...as a matter of fact, I seem to recall one math teacher that would pass out "F"s for the day to any student that dared to bring one into his class. But, on the other hand, as a parent in a school district that handed out I-Pads to all students, grades 1-12, for use in school just like a textbook, and as a taxpayer, I can see the value in this. A. as a parent, i'm glad my kids will compete on a technology level with kids in countries that have better education than the U.S. (and Texas in particular); and B. as a taxpayer, I'm glad that within a couple of year's time, the costs to the school district for textbooks will drop significantly because our district won't be purchasing textbooks for the kids to read and work in, it will be purchasing downloads for the i-pads, which is greener and will be cheaper (the cynic will say there won't be any difference in the cost, but there is a fundamental preference for books that can be held and touched, the only thing that will overcome that preference is a lower price).

Anonymous said...

Texas instruments is pissed!

Yes, I love technology but not as much as you, you see... said...

Oh, brother, the onslaught has begun. Fire up the Wise County crusade against technology. "Our kids are going to be crippled by dees thangs...they caint do no learnin' on dem thangs." "That superintendent trying to make our kids like dem big city kids and we aint gonna have it." "Little Junior aint gonna knowed how to do nuddin' but press dem buttons time he gets gradeated. We's goin' to hell fo sho now, worlds comin' to an end." "You caint get yo picture on no beelboard ropin steers on the electronic doo dad."

Anonymous said...

Ok everyone; ipads are not black magic or voodoo. Books, news papers, and hand held calculators are going away. I am sure most of you think we should still use a carbon copy machine. Soon schools will not be able to purchase books. With this technology kids can download school work in each class, do research and turn in their homework from one device. The up front cost is nothing. Our kids will not be competitive in the world market using slide rules and pull down maps of the world that refer to the USA as the New World. Come on, do you know how much the school spends on text books that are out of date before they are even printed!

Anonymous said...

As a parent of a third grader who has access to an ipad at home I have to say I'm all far it. Can't wait for Bridgeport to do it. There is an intuitive connection between touch and the learning centers in the brain that just seems to make things "stick" better. Also all schoolbooks could be downloaded onto it plus daily lessons.Homework can be done and turned in electronically. This is the way many businesses and professions are already going so why not prepare our kids for it?

Anonymous said...

This will make getting in TOUCH with the Teacher sooo much easier.

Anonymous said...

More educational than spending it on football.

Anonymous said...

OK 10:18 -- Since the up front cost is nothing, you buy your kid one and another one when he/she drops it in water or on the floor and breaks it or gets it stolen. Then the rest of the illegals that can't afford it can be given one.

Anonymous said...

There should be a qualification/aptitude test to see if a child is even intelligent enough to benefit from the device. That oughta cut down how many they get- to say, maybe 5.

Anonymous said...

This is much better than continually purchasing ridiculously expensive hardbound textbooks. I imagine they get a decent discount from Apple as well.

This is a wise fiscal decision.

Remote Controller said...

I am all for it.

Except, we are becoming heavily dependent on unknown developers. This is technology and it needs to be there, but there are alot fewer restrictions, more manipulations / corruptions of data and allowances for more ways of tracking and involving the schools / tech companies in our children's privacy.

Security is still a really big issue. Not to mention there are an abundance of privacy lawsuits popping up everywhere against school districts who use laptops for their kids.

Anonymous said...

Well, at least they will not have to mess with those damn bookcovers!

Anonymous said...

I'll tell you something else that's going away....wait....maybe I should do this: "Ah tell's you somepin ess das gone way and dat's we able to spill and say words rot."

Anonymous said...

Interesting statement: "He said non-taxpayer money, such as leftover stimulus funds, would be used to purchase the more than 700 iPads."

It is ok to use stimulus funds cause they were borrowed from China.

Bacon said...

Bacon
I am looking forward to all the comments this will be great. Let the fighting begin.

Anonymous said...

As an educator, I understand the savings of downloading textbooks rather than buying them. Although, I wonder if the cost of buying apps has been taken in to consideration for the ipads. Also, who gets to be the lucky person to teach all the students and technologically illiterate teachers how to use the devices? Technology is a great tool to use in the classroom, but it does have limitations.

Questions that need to be considered first... Will the students be able to take them home? What happens when/if a students breaks the device and it is no longer under warranty? What happens when a frequent flyer student enrolls and then skips schools again 3 weeks later and doesn't turn in the device? Sorry but schools have a hard enough time getting textbooks and library books returned from these type of students and families. Can't say they will get fined/arrested or anything like that because those type of people are typically bill skippers or runners anyways.

Anonymous said...

Superintendent reccomends them,let him pay for them. Awesome how easy it is to just spend other peoples money.

Anonymous said...

1) Can they format them to Spanish, for all the damned wetbacks?!?!?

2) I wonder how many of those said wetbacks will end up pawning them...

3) On second thought, go ahead! There will be so many iPads flooding the pawn shops, I'll get one for a helluva deal!!!

Anonymous said...

Let's start slow with an Etch-A-Sketch & work up.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

And in unrelated news...

Prez Obammy: "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon,".

No shit he would! That right there is comedy gold!

Anonymous said...

And teachers are getting let go while they pay for these?

Anonymous said...

I caint wait for little Juan-ito to get hees Ipad. I'm gonna haeve it tricked out with a wolf and virgeen Mary engraving! Maybe get Chihuaua put on it too, and a Mehican flag, of course!

Anonymous said...

I have an ipad, love it. However I would never buy one for my kid to use for school. The typing program is much weaker than a laptop, there is no place to save your papers like a USB port, and you can't print from the ipad......If your going to get full use of an technology a small laptop would be more useful.
And as a parent.....I find technology is only worth it if the staff are fully trained.

Anonymous said...

First 11:34 - just who the f money is it? Sounds like it belongs to the school district and they will spend as they see fit. But I guess they should listen to your dumb ass when it come to education. I bet you have all sorts of credentials.

LLDQFan said...

Here's why I'm opposed to them. They got the apple computers for all the high school students for this year and last year. They promised all this crap how they will be such an asset in the educational process. They don't use them for education. Most of the teachers don't have them use them for assignments or in the class room like they said they would. It's just a $1500 toy we gave each student to play around on and facebook. They promised the same crap about the books being put on the computers and that still hasn't happened. So, now the kids have 35 pound backpacks (no lockers) full of books and the computer to carry to each class.

Don't do it!!!! Waste of money just like the computers have been.

Anonymous said...

11:29, you're an educator? And you're using the word "anyways?"

Anonymous said...

...Darryl: actually laughed out loud. Ha!

Anonymous said...

Paradise has issued Ipads for a couple years now, they are great. the parents have to sign a contract and pay $50.00 for insurance incase they are damaged as for them not being returned I guess the school looses on that one

Anonymous said...

12;12....There's and app for that, duh, little pig little pig!

Anonymous said...

I just bought 700 iPad covers. 350 Messkin flag, and 350 rebel flag- Imma make a killin!!!♫

Anonymous said...

What if they don't have $50 for insurance? Do they get the iPad anyway?

Anonymous said...

12:30, sorry I am not God and made one mistake. I only have a short amount of time during my lunch break so I wasn't able to proof read my comment. Why don't you find something else to criticize besides one simple mistake posted on a blog...

Anonymous said...

12:30, this also isn't a formal environment so the use of "anyways" is acceptable. Know what you are talking about before you try to prove a point.

Anonymous said...

Here's there "iPad handbook" = Here's THEIR "iPad handbook"...Glad I'm not a criminal or sex offender needing your defense!

Anonymous said...

Do your homework. These devices aren't just handed out, nor can unapproved apps be downloaded. They can't be pawned, as they are going to be government property and it says so.
The high school teachers do use the laptops. I have subbed there and for the most part, are quite useful. They, of course, have to be monitored, but the kids take care of them and panic when they're lost.
I applaud our schools for moving the direction of the world. I don't particularly like that direction, but I can't change it. I sure want my kids to be able to keep up in college and in the world.

Anonymous said...

1:34 and 12:30 must be one in the same... Nothing better to do than point out meaningless mistakes on a public forum. Probably the same person that throws out curse words and racial remarks towards others here as well.

It must really suck to be you.

Anonymous said...

These kids get around the net nanny, and look at porn on them.

The Devil said...

2:06, and kids never found porn before iPads or computers were invented, right! 40-50 years ago they snuck magazines, 30-40 years ago they snuck a peak at the drive-in after 10 on Saturday night. 20-30 years ago they found HBO and Skinamax. Some of these overlap, but you get the point.

Anonymous said...

Glad I don't live in Decatur ISD. What do you do? Keep up with technology or teach the kids how to survive in the real business world. It is sad when these two do not coincide. Ipads are a gimmick, the next pet rock. Next year will be the ??? and the year after that will be the new and improved ??? Only thing that never goes out of style is a real book. How often does 2 + 2 change?

Anonymous said...

Devil, you are the one who made them look at porn.

Remote Controller said...

When I do online training development courses, I have gotten to the point I can sit at a park on a clear day with my tablet. I then load up my PowerPoint, excel and video tutorial, put in my Bluetooth and distribute my web access codes.

Then 50+ people join in from around the world and can individually edit the Excel sheet, create project literariness that get loaded through apps to our phones / tablets. We then plan, task manage and publish (if necessary) to corporate or public groups that can range from a few people to thousands. All of this done while sipping a coffee, in a park and listening to Pantera in the background.

Kids will need technology to keep up with the global marketplace.

Anonymous said...

Remote,

How do you know who is attending? Do you have a camera to verify that the people participating are in fact who they say they are? Great that you can sit in a park to work. Are we going to quit requiring kids to attend school? That is playing right into their hands. When my wife took online college courses a few years ago, I had to do her algebra class for her. So what does that say about her degree? It would be the same with high school diplomas.

Anonymous said...

2:00 Hmmm... Nothing better to do than criticize other people's comments on this forum? That's funny. That's also what 1:34 and 12:30 were doing. The three of you should get together sometime.

Anonymous said...

2:42
Of course they are getting an education. Teachers are incorporating the technology into the lessons. If these kids don't know how to use the technology, they will be lost even in college. This is an opportunity for those kids whose parents can't afford to provide the technology at home to be comfortable and familiar. It evens out the playing field.
Yes, the kids who can't come up with the $50 still get the equipment with stipulations. THis is also an excellent lesson in responsibility.
I am not an employee of the school district, but proud to be a citizen of a community that moves, instead of sitting on its rear, watching the world pass. True, I wish it weren't so dependent on technology, but it is.
Ipads aren't a gimmick--they are the wave of the future. People thought cars, TV's, radio, etc.... were gimmicks. And we still have them.

The Devil said...

"Keep up with technology or teach the kids how to survive in the real business world."

That statement sums up your knowledge of the business world and where it is going!

"Ipads are a gimmick, the next pet rock."

You are hung up on the device, it is the software and development side that matters. Any good device, in the right hands, is a powerful business or teaching tool. The ipad just happens to be king know.

Anonymous said...

Watched a "Fritz The Cat" & "Deep Throat" double feature at the old Eagle Drive In on 199 when we were Sophomores.

DF iFap

Anonymous said...

In order to get a laptop Mac in HS the kids and parents must go through an orientation, pay a fee ($40??) for insurance and sign statements stating they understand the acceptable policy.

If you are on the Free or Reduced lunch program you pay less or it is waived - the responsibilities are the same.

I would assume something similar would be in place for the iPads.

IPads / Computers are just a tool for learning. It is still the responsibility for the teachers to teach.

I for one think it is an awesome idea. As the previous poster stated - it evens the playing field and opens up new learning opportunities.

Anonymous said...

Kids these days are all thumbs.

Anonymous said...

Decatur ISD is a good....no...EXCELLENT district...not because of technology...or CSCOPE......or...God forbid...the administration.......but because of the teachers......who independently care for my kids.....who pushed my kids to success....saved us thousands because of dual credit And AP.....( thank you ms reeves and staff.....ms reeves...you were hard sometimes...but you knew curriculum- I just didn't realize it at the time) because our community is a great place to be..... our community makes our schools great.....

Anonymous said...

Spend it
It is only tax dollars
What a vision
I feel someone in my pocket

Anonymous said...

Free?

Anonymous said...

They will be after some Afro-Turf next so they can keep up with Boyd and Northwest. DISD is so F'ed up folks it's not funny anymore. How do you run off teachers and get IPads? Free?

Anonymous said...

I'm a recently retired teacher. I believe education is resisting the coming change. DISD is right to move its students toward the more techno-infomative-working era. Believe me, education is on the brink of a majorly huge reform! The world is going high tech - just look at our phones vs phones of 10 years ago! It will be a total flip of what we are used to, but in order to keep up, we best purchase the high tech gadgets. (It is better than purchasing artificial turf or more high end fencing for athletics.)
I'm a traditionalist and would love to see the world slow down and return to simplier times, but that just is not going to occur.

Anonymous said...

@ 12:13 It always comes from the taxpayer. You not getting that point tells me you are either a retard that hopes you get a free I-pad soon or an illegal that doesn't participate in the annual paying of the taxes. My guess is both.

Anonymous said...

"How do you run off teachers..."

DISD didn't run off the teachers - Gov. Perry did. And they are not using "teacher money" for the iPads - the funds can't be switched around from account to account.

Anonymous said...

9:56 I am not an illegal and I guarantee you that I participate in the annual paying process - a helluva a lot more than you. And you know what F-stick, I don't like my real estate values going down because I live in a sh*t ass school district that is filled with dumbasses like yourself bringing it down.

Anonymous said...

This school district is out of control.As a tax payer and a property owner this is the most stupid idea i have ever heard.This pretty boy the district hired needs to go.First they lay off teachers then the give this clown a 10,000.00 dollar a year raise.Wake up people.This district is out of control.

LLDQFan said...

Look, people there is no doubt good technology is a good thing and a part of our future, but you just have to look at the record of what has happened with the computers at the high school the last two years. My kids have been in there the last several years and I can tell you by monitoring what they do each day at school and in the way of homework, the computers are rarely used in the classroom or for homework. 90% of the computer usage is for entertainment and personal use. The 10% they are used for educational purposes could have been done with a home computer, computer lab or computer at the library.
There really was no sense in purchasing those 900 computers at $1500 a piece, because they have not been incorporated into the curriculum very well.
So based on what the district did with the computers, I say no to the ipads at the middle school.

Anonymous said...

Free iPads for all
Come to Decatur
Shy our tax dollars at work

Anonymous said...

10:21--I sub at the hs and the computers are used more than you think. They pull them out and use them for references, do skills tests, write essays, take assessments, etc....they are being put to use. Of course, some teachers use them more than others. But rest assured, they're not wasted.

Anonymous said...

10:21 is spot on. Decatur handles it much better than other school districts who issue Netbooks/Laptops, etc. I've worked in. And, the middle schoolers already have access to the Macbooks and iPod touches (but they aren't issued to them like the high school). I've experienced them using them to to audio books while they read along-at their own pace-and it was very effective. iPads have great education apps- but maybe they should be issued to the teachers to make learning more interactive.

Anonymous said...

Someone has some money and is itching to spend it
I thought the wells had slowed their product
Guess we will need to increase our taxes to cover the cost
Can we vote on it or you going to just bust the bank?

Anonymous said...

I bet my taxes will increase
Maybe yours will too

Anonymous said...

The wackjob cscope haters who want their kids to be future DHS King and Queen are behind this I bet!

Anonymous said...

Plus they are FREE!

Anonymous said...

We need to begin considering a tax increase
It will take the whole community to raise our children
It will take more money to susstain the program
I will vote yes
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Anonymous said...

69 posts

Huh huh...huh huh

Anonymous said...

I think they are trying to spark the economy
Those rascals are going to force a. Tax increase

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the board will ask us to vote on this or are they going to blow a couple a million and then ask us for more dollars in the future?

Have there been discussions about a Tax Rate Election go access more local dollars. This may push the envelop in that direction.

Anonymous said...

Blank check leadership!
Anyone accountable anymore?
Where is the voice of the People?

Anonymous said...

What are they going to do when they blow through the money they have from past bond elections?

Anonymous said...

"He said non-taxpayer money, such as leftover stimulus funds, would be used to purchase the more than 700 iPads."

What part of "non taxpayer money" do you not understand??

Anonymous said...

Is the a space shuttle of my tax rate taking off?

Anonymous said...

Where those "funds" not earmarked for particular projects already? You can't just put earmarked money wherever you wish.

Anonymous said...

And where do you think stimulus money comes from...Obama's money tree? Duh!!!

Anonymous said...

This is a better option than using it to save teacher jobs

Anonymous said...

"You can't just put earmarked money wherever you wish."

Really??? I bet they never thought of that... Or maybe, just maybe they have it all figured out.

Anonymous said...

There is no DHS King or Queen!

Anonymous said...

"Sweet baby Jesus".....hahaha.....you're being too nice these days!