Tech Talk Roundtable 61 | iPads No! Coding Yes!

ChrisJamie and Michael discuss the articles of the week and share their edtech tips.

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  1. Annie Murphy Paul is brilliant! Well researched, thoughtful, and thought provoking monthly posts.
  2. Los Angeles school district superintendent John Deasy halted the district’s iPad contract with Apple in mid-rollout, reports the LA Times. The $1-billion multi-year contract would supply LAUSD students with iPads that were pre-loaded with curriculum from Pearson. students-ipad The contract was administered in phases with an initial $30-million investment to equip a pilot group of students with iPads. Additional payments totaling almost $1 billion would expand the project to additional students and build out the wireless infrastructure to support tablet usage at the district’s schools. Each phase was subject to approval with the option of canceling the project if it no longer met the district’s needs.
  3. Only half of current working teachers believe they can use technology to motivate students to learn, compared to 75 percent of incoming teachers. Only 17 percent of current teachers believe technology can help students deeply explore their own ideas, compared to 59 percent of incoming teachers. And 26 percent of current teachers believe students can use technology to apply knowledge to problem-solving, compared to 64 percent of aspiring teachers.
  4. What’s more important, coding or computational thinking?
  5. NPR is spot on concerning coding as beneficial to one’s career, almost regardless of field.

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