Keep him away from the bad influence of Democrats and Bob Horton makes sense

(a different) Robert Horton

(a different) Robert Horton

Bob looks at the next boondoggle forming over at the skool adminstration building, “digital learning” and doesn’t like what he sees.

Before the school board leads Greenwich Public Schools through a $20-million, multi-year “digital learning” initiative, one question needs to be answered: What will success look like?

If we cannot answer that question with specific goals and measurable outcomes, then the town is doomed to spending the money, declaring victory in five years, and moving on to the next initiative without really knowing what, if anything, was accomplished.

Consider how much the description of the digital learning program has changed since Schools Superintendent William McKersie floated the idea a few months ago.

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The new, new plan has as its “leading purpose” to “advance the transformation of teaching and learning in the Greenwich Public Schools in order to accelerate the academic achievement and personal well-being of all our students.”

It’s tough to argue with improving student performance and well-being, but aren’t those the vague objectives of just about everything schools do?

But the plan does not even begin to answer how digital learning will accomplish the desired transformation. Nor does it really define the changes needed or explain just what a digital learning environment is. That is why we need a definition of success before this program begins.

The school board may find the program too ambitious to be governed by one plan or accomplished by one initiative. Instead of trying to boil the ocean, as one CEO I know once said, it should consider dividing the project into more manageable pieces.

One critical component that needs immediate work, according to a consultant’s report, is the GPS Internet access and hardware infrastructure. While digital learning may seem new, in truth many Greenwich teachers have used elements of it for some time. But they are greatly frustrated by the slow speed and unreliable internet access in school buildings, which is at its worst during peak usage times, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. That seems like an easily defined problem with an easily measured solution, and probably a good place to start our digital revolution.

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  1. stedenko

    the digital learning experience translates to the school administration not buying books

  2. Anonymous

    No hardware necessary – no $20 million necessary – everything is in the cloud now. Get them their iPads/tablets etc etc and pay for an educational Saas on an annual basic and you’re gold.
    However, remember ‘digital’ is just a different delivery system. Teachers will still have to teach. Bad teachers will still be bad teachers.

  3. Mickster

    No need for hardware – no need for $20 mill – all this stuff can be done in the cloud now.
    Digital is just a different delivery system. You still have to teach.
    Bad teachers will still be bad teachers.
    As Walt would say, you can send the $20mill to the following address…

    • anonymous

      But you need wifi to get to the cloud and thats one of the huge the infrastructure problem at GHS and all the other schools.

  4. Balzac

    Bob has many questions. Like a lot of people, he actually thinks asking questions is helpful. In a tiny way, yes, but let’s remember progress is made through answers. He should seek to develop some.

    The silly pretend local paper also has Bill Gaston accusing Neil Vigdor of being a Republican shill. As if. Gaston is hyperventilating about Bush, Iraq or something…….