Out of an iPad? A professor studied the damage
Looking through photos of some of the disgraced Los Angeles Unified School District iPads, Lisa Ellyson Ydan described what appeared to be digital track marks, and where others appeared to be missing.
“We noticed a lot of up-facing triangles,” Ydan said. “The teacher said this is caused by data about the student’s GPA.”
Affected students saw the damage. Ydan’s own photographs show a patch over one student’s left eye.
The student in the picture may well have suffered damage before being harmed again by the iPad’s internal memory. The UCLA School of Medicine has already done research to see what kind of damage and how the iPad impacted this specific student.
The iPad rolled out throughout LAUSD in 2011 as a federal program to improve student learning. An average of half of students did not manage to buy the tablets themselves before they came into possession of them, but most saw them distributed at their schools.
One report released in 2013 indicated that 5 percent of the test subjects in two classes had such significant problems with the iPads that they dropped them in anger during classes.
Under the cloud of scandal, Los Angeles Unified School District released plans last summer to bring back the old paper textbooks from which students were barred in a cost-cutting measure.
Ydan, a 12th grader at Venice High School, said she views the iPad controversy as a lesson learned from the digital revolution of the past decade.
“I learned that I have to be a teacher’s assistant,” she said. “We now have to observe everything that the teacher is doing, and we have to look for flaws in everything that the teacher does.”
And when they find flaws, how do the students vote?
“We vote with our feet,” Ydan said.