As mentioned in a previous rant, we’re trying to define “digital learning” here in the overly-large school district. Assuming the term has any meaning at all. The jury is still out on that part.

Anyway, at one of our community meetings this week, a parent told me an interesting story about digital learning, or the lack thereof.

His son is taking the beginning computer science class at one of our secondary schools (middle and high in one building), a course in which students traditionally learn the basics of programming hands-on, by actually writing, testing and debugging applications.

At the beginning of the year, they were told that all of their projects had to be completed by the first of May, which is about seven weeks prior to the end of our school year.

Why so early?

For the month of May into early June in this school, and pretty much every other one in the system, every student computer is conscripted for online standardized testing.

Thus, for roughly six weeks out of a 36 week school year learning for these students will come to a halt.

But then the same would be true for just about anything you might include in that definition of “digital learning”.