iPad rollout Phase I: #FAIL

Epic Fail. Let’s consider this our Agile retrospective. A few things went right, but mostly things went wrong.

What went wrong?
– The first iPad launch for Los Angeles (see previous post here) school districts cost $1 billion dollars. Each individual tablet given to each student costs way more than retail price, $678 to be exact. With the Chromebooks costing roughly $250, you can buy two laptops for that price.

– Professional development: training and support for students, teachers and parents was an afterthought, leading to the failure of this launch. You cannot possibly deploy a new product without offering training (and follow-up support) for users, especially the relative size of this audience.

– Let’s give these students the tools they need to become well rounded individuals. Yes that means harnessing creativity and encouraging STEAM exploration. And yes this means giving them a device with a keyboard. Writing skills (even if that includes QWERTY) on the back burner, who would have thought?

What went right?
Isn’t it obvious? Hopefully with this deployment a few kids learned something aside from phishing for unapproved content. The main goal was delivered: technology supplementing instruction for every student.