I should have thought of this. It just makes so much sense. I was in Randolph encouraging teachers to make their classes hybrid, put all assignments online, have their students do work online.
There is the usual objection about poor students, and I of course say poor students need to be told to go online too. They are not helped by not going online. No one is helped by holding back.
They calculate the district already has 200 computers for 600 or so students. And our numbers from rural poor school districts suggest only 15% of students do not have a computer. So by my math they already have enough computers to cover everyone.
But then Wayne Vanderploeg, the elementary/middle school principal, says maybe each student doesn’t need a computer. They learn collaboratively, he says, echoing what I just said a few hours earlier. So 3-4 students can share a computer, he suggests. Of course. Yes. Do it. Share computers. And the most meaningless part of it all, why didn’t I think of it? Greg Peyer, Randolph School District Superintendent, and his entire 60 person staff and teachers in the background.