It Always Comes Back To Vision and Leadership

ARLnow.com:

Earlier this summer, APS vehemently denied a rumored tablet purchase for 9th graders. Some parents have reported that their 2nd and 6th graders have been assigned iPads this year. Asked about tablet purchases for lower grade levels, Adusumilli was vague in his response.

“We are preparing for the transition from shared devices to personalized devices at all levels,” he wrote via email. “As part of this preparation each school is conducting a pilot to learn about the instructional benefits provided by personalization. The devices for all the pilots have been purchased. The purchases were made using existing computer replacement funds.”

One parent who learned about the laptop plan contacted ARLnow.com this week and questioned why APS hasn’t told the community at large about the pilot program.

“Through all of this, nothing on any APS channels, including the ‘welcome to school’ info packets for my 9th grader,” the parent said, without giving his or her name. “Why the cloak and dagger communications of what is actually exciting news?”

I've never been a fan of pilot programs. When you are doing a technology deployment, you have to go all in. Pilots are essentially saying that we aren't sure what we are doing. Pilots are also a way to protect yourself from failure.

We don't do pilots with new playground equipment or textbooks. We evaluate and then go all in.

Link via @thunderkeys.