Thomas M. Philip

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Thomas M. Philip, is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA and a former teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

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iFiasco in LA’s Schools: Why Technology Alone Is Never the Answer

Thursday, October 10, 2013

3 male students working at table together on ipads and work sheets The opening sentence to a recent Los Angeles Times article says it all: It took exactly one week for nearly 300 students at Roosevelt High School to hack through security so they could surf the Web on their new school-issued iPads, raising new concerns about a plan to distribute the devices to all students in the district. When educators and policymakers assume that simply investing in technology will “level the playing field” in schools, it’s clear that those of us in the DML community have a lot of work to do.  As educational researchers who were teachers in