Current Superintendent Charles Dupre initiated the review by Gibson Consulting Group soon after he was hired in April.Widespread problems found by a consultant have prompted Fort Bend school district officials to shelve a $16 million initiative to integrate thousands of iPads into the classroom experience at 14 schools.A review commissioned by the Fort Bend Independent School District found that the program, known as iAchieve, was rolled out last year with unrealistic goals. The review also concluded use of the devices was limited, managers had inadequate skills and the vendor hired to develop the learning platform was a startup with no relevant experience.Officials hoped to improve lagging science scores by delivering an interactive curriculum for second through eighth grades using 6,300 iPads. Pilot efforts were conducted in fourth and eighth grades at three schools in spring 2012, and the initiative was expanded to 14 schools.The superintendent, Timothy Jenney, and the chief information officer who led the implementation have left the district.
“There was no clarity of why and how (the program) came to be and (was) executed, and that caused me some concern,” Dupre said...In addition, the review found the iPads were not fully used in the classrooms. On average, only two schools reported that as many as half of their students used the devices daily.Teachers surveyed about the program following a second round of pilots in fall 2012 said the quality of the content was poor, the platform didn’t function properly and the lessons were inconsistent with district lesson plans, the report said.
Can't say I'm surprised. Repeat after me: Technology is a tool, not a goal.
Hat tip to reader MikeAT.