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Lodi Unified School District trustee George Neely proposes all digital school

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Posted: Friday, June 22, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 8:40 am, Fri Jun 22, 2012.

Putting digital technology into the hands on children is on the forefront of the Lodi Unified School District board of trustees’ minds. Or at least, it is for trustee George Neely.

At Tuesday’s meeting, he proposed creating an all-digital K-8 school. Lessons would still take place in a physical classroom with a teacher, but all textbooks and classwork would be accessed through an iPad or laptop computer. Neely currently teaches at the Able Academy of Business, Law and Education, an all-digital charter school in Stockton.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 12:13 pm on Sat, Jun 23, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr Dawes stated....Electronics is really no different than pencil and paper...

    Do you really believe that?... When I fly to Asia on a 13 hour flight, I carry may small lap top with all my office documents and presentations for review. I also have a library of books to read during this flight. No paper for me... I am so thankful for Electrnics.

    I appreciate your concern about certain students and how it may not work, but I think it wise to gravitate in the direction Mr Neely suggests in order to save money and befcome more efficient and effective in delivering education to students. Paper may not exist in 200 years...its just a matter of time.

  • William Dawes posted at 9:48 am on Fri, Jun 22, 2012.

    William Dawes Posts: 116

    These kinds of programs may work in charter schools, where you can cherry pick your students. But in the public schools, especially in North Stockton, things are different. Many of the children are not taught to respect property, and even vandalize others' property, and these "tools" become stolen or destroyed quite quickly.

    Mr. Neely must have forgot about that while he was at Creekside. In the end, it is wasted money. At least until you instill the attitude that school is a discipline.

    Most of these schools already have computers, and a lot of the kids are just using them as toys, or popping off keys. Maybe you better look at the percentage of lost and destroyed textbooks before buying those Ipads, because most of the kids that do that, their parents have "no reimbursement" money.

    Electronics is really no different than pencil and paper. If you can't do the math on paper, you can't do it on an expensive computer. If you can get students back to the basics, in elementary levels, which is not happening, then this program would work in secondary. Otherwise, these types of programs will continue to be at charter schools where they cherry pick students.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:53 am on Fri, Jun 22, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr Neely ideas are a breath of fresh air... my criticisms and unfavorable judgments of him in the past turns out to be only “hot air”... my hats off to you Mr Neely for great out of the box thinking.



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