Tuesday, October 1, 2013

School iPad Disasters

iPorn on school iPads?
School iPad disasters are becoming more and more evident.  A Colorado school district advised the new Apple iOS7 upgrade wiped out all existing technology protection measures requiring the school to collect the iPads from students before they go home:
  • "Dear Mustang Parents," by Manitou Springs School District 14, 27 September 2013:
    Dear Mustang Parents,

    This correspondence is intended to provide information regarding the latest software upgrade for the student iPad devices.  Apple has provided IOS7 for its products, which appears to be an effective upgrade.  However, Apple did not realize that installing IOS7 would remove our (and thousands of organizations across the country) safety protection measure, which now makes the iPad devices unfiltered when accessing the internet away from school.  The Apple engineers are diligently working on a solution to this issue. In the short term, the district will be collecting iPad devices at the end of each day until the safety protection measure is reinstalled. iPad devices, while at school, will continue to be filtered through the district's server.

    Since this is a national (and potentially global) issue, we expect the problem to be resolved within a few days.  If you have any questions, you are certainly welcome to call....

    Thank you for your support.

    Manitou Springs School District 14

That sounds like a school iPad disaster to me, and I'm happy but sad to break that news.

Here's another, in California:
Oh boy, this is bad.


NOTE ADDED 4 OCTOBER 2013:

I have more breaking news on the MSSD14 situation.  iPads have been restored to the students.

Quoting one of my sources from yesterday:  "My school district, Manitou Springs Colorado MSSD 14, as of this day has apparently resolved the IOS 7 problem and has allowed students to take computers home today, presumably because the computers have restored operational content filter technology."

On the other hand, in Los Angeles, it goes from bad to worse.  Look at the LAUSD's superintendent's latest tweet touting how supposedly transformative are the iPads in a child's education:

In reality, good schools like those in South Korea, don't use iPads, at least not like LAUSD uses them:



Considering the current debacle, no wonder Superintendent Deasy has stopped tweeting to this point.

The girl pictured holding the iPad is adorable.  LAUSD's use of the iPad is not.

So just in case he gets embarrassed and deletes his latest tweet (27 Aug 2013), here's a graphic:




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