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School districts layoffs 1800 people, students don't have enough supplies but teachers get ipads

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posted on May, 26 2011 @ 03:07 AM
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That is ridiculous...

You Paid for It: CCSD spends $1 million on iPads

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - More than $1 million in just six months: That's what the Clark County School District has spent buying iPads, all at a time of massive budget cuts that will likely result in more than 1,800 layoffs, crowded classes, and students without enough basic supplies.

So is this technological luxury helping kids or killing budgets? You decide because you paid for it.

Much like the 'Angry Birds' in one of the most popular apps of all time, some taxpayers, teachers, and students are hopping mad over the Clark County School District's recent spending spree on iPads.

"I think it's irresponsible," says retired teacher Sharon Lea.

What a waste. The Apple religion strikes again.




posted on May, 26 2011 @ 03:13 AM
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Vitchilo,did you expect less,nowadays?


The teachers could have easily said "NO" to the Ipads. But they didnt.No sense of fiscal responsibility,or moral responsibility. And they are teaching future generations...............?

Yikes!



posted on May, 26 2011 @ 03:18 AM
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Programming for the younger generation..

No need to learn to do math, the ipad will do it for you.
No need to learn to read, sync your bluetooth headset, and the ipad will read for you.
No need to learn to write, punch up the letters on the ipad, and it will send your papers in for you. (hmm, no late homework possibly a good thing, along with no lost school-work, but lousy trade-off).

No need to learn to think for youself, the ipad will do it for you..

Epic Fail, gubberment-run public education... Epic Fail!



posted on May, 26 2011 @ 04:09 AM
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Unbelievable...

The Ipad is useless technology anyway. It's a gimmick, there's nothing a teacher can do with an Ipad that they can't do with their regular computers that they already have.

How is an Ipad supposed to improve the classroom experience for the student? Will the teacher hold it up and expect the entire class to be able to read off of the tiny 10 inch screen? What will they do in 18 months when the new model of the Ipad comes out and makes the old one obsolete? Spend another million?

The article states that most will be for "administrative uses". I think it's fairly obvious that the school district heads just wanted to buy themselves a new toy, at the students' and taxpayers' expense.



posted on May, 26 2011 @ 04:12 AM
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iPads and other tablet and internet enabled devices help teachers research the internet as the days pass the internet is fastly becoming commonplace in our classrooms and helps teachers teach their charges considerably easier. If a student issues a challenge the teacher can ask the student source of info and use the device to confirm or disprove the claim righ there on the spot. Also helps in managing the cirriculum and affords them another avenue to keep them in contact with the school board directly as to any changes in either policy or the cirriculum. Teachers also use them to help plan and set their agenda for the school year. Scan kids tests into it and upload it to the device affords them the chance to grade tests and papers while at home without needing a file cabinet. There are graph apps that helps the teacher track each students progress, you can also keep a physical record of each students testscore and end of marking period and semester scores. Since a majority of school aged children's households have internet connections this is used to assist in homework if the student gets stuck half way through all they gotta do is log in and instant message the teacher for assistance on the spot.
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posted on May, 26 2011 @ 04:20 AM
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Everything you mentioned can already be done with a computer or a cell phone.

Also, note that the students are not being provided with Ipads, and in the case of most schools the teachers aren't either. Most of them are going to the school administrators.



The single biggest purchase was 125 iPads for administrative use.

While many schools have just one or two, Bracken Elementary has the most of any school with 111.


There are many better things the school district could have spent that money on, such as hiring more teachers, paying the teachers better or providing students with healthier food.



posted on May, 26 2011 @ 04:41 AM
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Originally posted by drwizardphd
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Everything you mentioned can already be done with a computer or a cell phone.

Also, note that the students are not being provided with Ipads, and in the case of most schools the teachers aren't either. Most of them are going to the school administrators.



The single biggest purchase was 125 iPads for administrative use.

While many schools have just one or two, Bracken Elementary has the most of any school with 111.


There are many better things the school district could have spent that money on, such as hiring more teachers, paying the teachers better or providing students with healthier food.


The 125 iPad's would retail for approx $62,500 @$500 each but since schools bought them in bulk reduces that price to about $40 - $45,000 to as low as $35,000. Bracken Elementary is in the Las Vegas, Nevada School District which tax revenue from casino's paid for it not the taxpayer.
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posted on May, 26 2011 @ 06:02 AM
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The teachers were not the ones with the authority to make the purchase. Spending that much cash can only be a decision made by the school board itself. The elected officials who decide what to spend the money on. Don't yet again blame the educators, they catch enough heat for a few bad apples.



posted on May, 26 2011 @ 09:05 AM
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I should have been more clear,and added school officials.
I did think about them also....................

All in all,its all of them. GREED. Whats in it for me.



posted on May, 26 2011 @ 09:07 AM
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Hate to break your bubble, but should they have blackboards instead. Technology is progressing, as is education even though it has it bumps. Teachers whom do not have the tools to stay with this progression will not be taken seriously nor stay in the forefront. I suppose a business man going to meeting could save money by not having technology and scribble on large paper, but his business would not compete either.



posted on May, 26 2011 @ 09:11 AM
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I remember when buying laptops for the kids was all the rage.

Years later and after trouble with kids pawning them, playing games on them, breaking them, there were no measurable changes in education and the schools mostly gave the laptop gimmick up.

Now we have the ipad gimmick I guess.

Kids didnt seem to have any trouble learning by candlelight in a one room shack with primers. Why do they have so much trouble learning now?



posted on May, 26 2011 @ 09:19 AM
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an ipad is a small smart board.
And I like the smart board.

People don't understand government budgets, grants, etc. If something is slated to be spent somewhere, the agency has no authority to use it on something else. In fact, they can lose their other funding if misappropriated.
If they receive some kind of technlogical funding grant, they could not have a pencil within 5 miles, they have to spend it where dictated.



posted on May, 26 2011 @ 09:23 AM
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I understand that. I work with government budgets and grants.

The whole "spend it or lose it" thing is a colossal problem.

I've "lost" an awful lot of government money because I've refused to be ripped off by spending it as dictated/required.

It's amazing how much government money comes with a mandate that you spend it recklessly and irresponsibly.



posted on May, 26 2011 @ 09:25 AM
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It is a colassal problem. What I have found even more amusing is that if an agency actually SAVES money, they lose it, instead of being able to retain it for the next year.

But on the other hand, if you could just receive money and spend it how the director or however chooses, that could be a nightmare also.

"Why are the schools closing but all the police are driving new corvettes?"



posted on May, 26 2011 @ 09:30 AM
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Originally posted by nixie_nox

"Why are the schools closing but all the police are driving new corvettes?"


It's the overfunded and bloated DHS handing down millions to anybody who asks for it even if they have to realistic need for it.

I need two hands to count the number of hovercrafts local PD's have bought in the past 5 years. Inland, lakeless PD's.

I guess if schools were as relevant as "terror" it would be the reverse.

We're looking at a world with little more to do than work for some military or para-military service. Nothing left but cops and crooks. We dont need or particularly want smart people working as cops. The SCOTUS has made that clear. So schools are pretty far down on the priorities list.



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