One day she called me in a panic--do I need any computers? If not, could I at least take some? See, her principal didn't think it was fair that her class had computers and no other classes did, so the principal ordered the computers removed. That afternoon.
Fast forward to today. I have a dozen and a half netbook computers for use in my stats classes. They were purchased by the school and our district tech services folks worked their magic on them. We have wireless nodes all over our school, and these computers are, of course, internet-capable. They're dang difficult to use, though, because, in an effort to make sure a student somewhere doesn't access pictures of boobies or something, our tech services has made the process of logging in and using the computers a herculean task. If we do it exactly by the book, network speeds slow to a crawl. Even when we don't do it exactly by the book, I still encounter problems that I have to work around. (Note: kids may know how to use phone apps, but logging into our school computer network and accessing a web site when given a URL that omits www for convenience sake? No way. Most of them aren't as savvy as adults think they are. The hurdles our tech services people put in our path are to try to stop the very few who are tech savvy. But I digress.)
It would be great if things could work smoothly--you know, like my wireless network at home does, no matter what kind of equipment I connect to it with. It would be great if school administrators weren't such ninnies about computers:
All teacher Kim Kutzner wanted to do was help her students dig into their school work.
In her zeal to reach her students and make their writing assignments easier, the Chowchilla [California] Union High School English teacher pooled her resources and used her husband’s savvy to get her students the equipment she believed would help them excel.
Kutzner says her students’ test scores are up after she and her husband bought the equivalent of nearly $80,000 worth of laptop computers for her students to use...
Kutzner told The Modesto Bee that at first the English Department Chair was given major ‘atta girls’ five years ago for buying the computers at auctions, having her husband fix them up and network them into a classroom computer lab.
Now, however, the district is, as the principal of her school told Independent Journal, “investigating” and “assessing” the use of the computers. In fact, the school may ban their use.
It’s unclear why the computers are now becoming an issue.
The laptops aren’t connected to the internet and students are currently being allowed to use them.
The Chowchilla Union School District Superintendent says he’s now concerned with the privacy of students.