A loyal reader sent this in:
I simply must express my deep disappointment with EPISD’s instructional technology. I’m a parent with one still in EPISD. I have expressed concern about the technology with my AP, but things don’t get fixed.
Technology is fragmented: My HS student and I use too many different online services. Teacher specific websites with notes (mostly on Weebly), Schoolology and online textbooks, 3rd party smart phone apps like Remind used by some but not all teachers, Parent Portal for grades and attendance, services like https://www.commonlit.org/ for an English class, emails from teachers with handouts/policies (one attachment per email due to EPISD rules means my inbox is flooded with emails and attachments vs. those being housed and organized online), plus more. Can’t this school district get a single integrated online learning system like Canvas or Blackboard? If not, then something else but this fragmentation of learning supports must end.
The free computers are starting to break. But when they do, the family is charged for repairs like broken screens. Well, kids do need to be careful with their belongings and pay for negligence. But, accidents do happen and I wonder why families must insure the equipment at their cost (about $200 for a repair of a two year old laptop I think). I tend to think that if a child is required to carry a laptop then the authority who required such is responsible for upkeep and replacement; the child doesn’t have money and parent didn’t make a decision to issue laptops; this was an EIPSD decision. I wonder what happens when a family can’t afford the fee to fix a broken laptop. I’m not against technology, but this computer centric initiative was rolled-out without enough thought.
Finally, and this isn’t a total technology issue, the active learning really is not working – listen up EPISD – I’m telling you that active learning, no matter how good in theory, is not working. You are hurting some kids with this ill conceived approach.