Paly back to school night shows problems
Original post made by Paly Parent, Palo Alto High School, on Sep 12, 2008
Spanish classes at 34 - 35 students this year instead of 20 - 24 last year. No obvious technology in the classroom and textbooks which the teacher defined as old, but he likes them.
Science teacher says that he doesn't use the textbooks much because they are already out of date. He says the kids all have a book to take home but there isn't enough for a complete classroom set, although they are there for reference when the students need them.
Many classrooms have two clocks saying different times.
Teachers have varying technology. I saw projectors showing the internet in some rooms and big old overhead projectors in others which looked 30+ years old and produced poor quality slides in math rooms. Math presumably is a class where the students have to be able to read eveything displayed as we are talking about precise numbers not text which can be guessed at. I did not see any smart screens which I know are at middle (and elementary). In fact, my highschooler does not even know what a smart screen is.
Any other comments anyone?