Diane Ravitch, historian of education and research professor of education at New York University, has joined the debate about Baltimore County Public Schools’ move to provide laptops to all students and increase the use of technology in classrooms, known as the STAT program.
The Baltimore County Public Schools are embarking on a risky gamble that will put all students online. At present, there is no research base to prove the value of this expensive venture. What we can predict is two nefarious consequences: 1) the computers will be used for”embedded assessment,” so that students are tested daily or continually without knowing it. Second, the students will be data mined continually, and their personally identifiable information will be available to third parties or subject to hacking.
Read her full blog post here.
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