When it comes to technology here in the overly-large school district, our little group often hears from schools about how they don’t have enough computers.1
Enough to do what? Student projects? Using Google Drive for them to collaborate? Something to do with that creative critical thinking we’re told is important in the 21st century?
Actually in many cases the answer is none of the above.
Take the example of one high school at which we’re told demand for computers has “skyrocketed” due to their program requiring teachers to administer standardized pre- and post-tests five times during the school year. Which is in addition to the regular block of state-mandated exams that suck down computer availability for a month or more in the spring.
And they aren’t alone. In many, if not most, of our schools demand for equipment is growing fast, driven by the increasing demand for “data”, frequently involving the use of our home-grown, big-ass, standardized test-generating database.
Bottom line, schools want many more expensive, sophisticated devices that could be used for a wide variety of learning and creative purposes so they can repurpose them into dumb terminals for the delivery of digital bubble sheets.
Welcome to the 21st century.