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Old 01-14-2016, 01:28 AM
 
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I had this article show up on my feed yesterday. Every chance they get to tear a teacher down who is just trying to provide for her/his students breaks my heart.

http://www.bradenton.com/news/nation...43810.html#fmp


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While I think the intention behind the action was fantastic, I can understand the district's concern. I can also see someone else in the district telling her it was a generous thing to do.

All of our technology is completely approved and tested to insure it complies to all of the regulations put in place by the district IT services (and most likely the lawyer's review of risks of having technology with the potential capability of access to the outside world). There are long forms for parent and students to sign about financial and legal obligations based on use of technology and limitations as to what can be put on the computers or other technology devices. So, I can completely understand what the district is doing and why.

I do hope she has documentation that shows higher-up approval of her generous gift because without it, it looks as if she did this on her own accord without checking the school policies about technology use in the classroom. All districts have IT policies. Our districts have very strict rules and regulations about what can be purchased for a classroom by even the PTA as to not enable one school to have better because the parents in the school or the businesses in the community have the ability to donate more.

I think the intent was awesome. It just doesn't surprise me that the district is reacting in this manner.
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It really doesn't make sense. It's not about student safety. The computers aren't even connected to the internet. And this makes no sense

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Would you allow me to come into your house and install my stuff without any involvement?

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/news/nation...#storylink=cpy
What's being installed!?! It's just like a student walking in with a backpacks with notebooks and pencils!
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Many times it seems administration lacks the basic ability to THINK. Knowing the computers don't even connect to the Internet it's pretty clear they are like a typewriter. If the article is accurate, where's the problem? Administration doesn't have enough to do and they are on a power play. Kids and teachers lose once again.
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Old 01-14-2016, 05:48 AM
 
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This is ridiculous! The computers don't connect to the Internet. This is the same as if the teacher had brought a set of blank notebooks to class for the students to write in!


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I actually agree with administration on this
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Yes, the teacher has done a wonderful thing for the students at her school, but she also puts herself and the district in danger because the district is liable for whatever they are used for. I remember several years back hearing a story about a district's (forget which one) troubles with laptops for every student. The kids were computer savvy enough to circumvent the district's filters on the computers for porn sites. Internet access was limited, however, students were still sending files between computers.

This teacher claims her husband has made them safe to use. Maybe. But really, would you trust your job to someone's claim who is not a part of your district nor vetted by your district? I really hope not. Those computers don't have access to the internet, but those students have phones and one way or another they can tether them to their phones and access the internet and share files between computers. As much as I love technology the district is absolutely making the right call in this litigious environment.
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Old 01-14-2016, 07:06 AM
 
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My Iphone works great to access internet on my Ipad. When we are traveling, I turn on my personal hotspot on my Iphone, choose it for wifi on my Ipad and voila! I see no reason why kids couldnt do this in a classroom unless the lap top could block access by anything other than a school wireless internet provider. Hmmm...
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This is sad, but...
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They have policies in place for a reason, even if it unlikely that a student could or would access something in appropriate, or find a way to get on to the internet. it is sad that the district is not able to provide appropriate technology for their students out of their own budgets. In this day and age, for a high school class not to have access to computers on a regular basis is sad. In our classrooms as teachers, we cannot add programs to our own "teacher" or "classroom" computers without having the computer tech people come and add it. This includes updates to existing software. It's annoying, but they did it because students in the older graders were messing with the computers and adding inappropriate things.
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Old 01-14-2016, 10:32 AM
 
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While I can see both sides, I also think that the district could make this gift work. Maybe I don't know about technology to know what the big deal is. Why can't all those computers be made safe to use. I just think its ridiculous to have students without technology in HS. If behavior and morale has improved I would be really upset to have those computers pulled.


Part of me in reading the article thought that someone is pissed that they didn't get kick backs for buying $78,000 worth of equipment.
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The district offered to pay
Old 01-14-2016, 12:06 PM
 
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which I think is great of them. I think she should take the offer and then make a donation to the school in some other way that is acceptable to all involved.


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Exactly this, and the superintendent couldn't even name a policy that is being violated. Ugh the political nonsense .

To those suggesting that the kids might still get online via hotspots I'm guessing that since her husband is a computer specialist by profession they built the computers themselves, which explains how they got them for the price they did (there appears to be nearly 100 computers there 9 in a row 10 rows plus 4). If so they could easily build them without internet/wifi capability. Hence, no internet.
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I don't see the problem
Old 11-26-2016, 05:03 AM
 
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I think this teacher is awesome for seeing a need and providing in this way. I get how the higher up's would want to ensure student safety but after seeing how she's done it, I don't see where they should find a problem. Let the teacher teach, for gosh sakes!
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