[Editor’s note: I can’t pretend I don’t have opinions on this topic.
Major changes to how the 4th grade is taught will eventually impact my family. My husband has been one of the “concerned parents”. (He has been asking questions about the long term effects of increased reliance on technology.)
But I can’t recuse myself from covering this, because I don’t have any one to cover it in my place.
So, I am trying my best to share the information from all “sides” objectively. I will leave it to the commenters to share and exchange their opinions.
If you think my coverage is unfair in any way, feel free to call me on it.]
Last night, about 50 interested and/or concerned parents attended a school technology presentation at Trottier Middle School. They responded to the invitation from Neary School Principal Linda Murdock.
The intent of the presentation was to learn from an expert the ways using 1:1 technology in the classroom “can transform teaching and learning.” Tom Daccord, co-director of EdTechTeacher, Inc., spoke to parents based on his experience helping school systems integrate technology.
This session was offered to help parents understand the potential behind Neary’s proposed iPad Pilot for 4th grade students. Murdock is looking to launch the pilot in January.
After his presentation, Daccord fielded questions from parents. He tried to address general concerns.
However, he couldn’t fully address all of the specifics. (For instance, he didn’t discuss any comparable fourth grade 1:1 programs.) And he was not there to explain the details of the Neary pilot.
Parents still have an opportunity to ask questions at the Parent Forum on October 30 at 6:30 pm. The forum will take place in the Trottier Middle School auditorium.
Before that event, Murdock has promised to release more information about the pilot specifics. Packets will be sent home with fourth graders this Friday, October 25th. They will also be made available electronically to the public and parents of K-3 students.
To read previous posts on the pilot, click here.
Did you attend the October 22nd presentation?
If so, share your experience.
Did you walk away reassured or excited to move forward? Share your enthusiasm.
Did you have unanswered questions? Share your concerns.