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It's not clear when they'll be returned

Students in the L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD) were forced to give their assigned iPads back to school officials in response to the recent "hacks." 

According to the Los Angeles Times, students at Westchester and Roosevelt high schools -- which are part of LAUSD -- were told to turn their iPads in to school staff last week until further notice. As of Friday, the district had collected two-thirds of the 2,100 iPads distributed to students. 

The district didn't say when it will give the iPads back to students.

LAUSD's retrieval of the iPads is in response to students bypassing security filters placed on the devices and accessing prohibited websites like Facebook, Twitter and Pandora.

The students were supposed to use the iPads at school and home for educational purposes only, but it only took one week for them to figure out how to freely surf the web: by simply deleting their personal profile information on the tablet. 

LAUSD counted 260 cases of iPad security "hacks" at Roosevelt, 10 from Angelou Community High School in South Park and 70 at Westchester High.

Last week, LAUSD had halted the use of the iPads at home after discovering the security breaches. But the district now believes it's best to take the iPads back altogether until a better solution is reached.

Apple scored a $30 million contract from LAUSD back in June, which is part of a a $1 billion technology plan in the school system. It aims to put an iPad in the hands of every student in LAUSD for educational purposes. LAUSD is paying $678 per iPad, which comes pre-loaded with educational software, but doesn't include a keyboard. 

The school district also committed to spending "hundreds of millions of dollars" with Apple over the next two years, since they chose the company as their only tablet vendor. 

District officials said it is currently working with Apple to fix the problem. 

Source: The Los Angeles Times

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Another $40 million for keyboards?!?
By ack on 10/1/2013 7:33:26 PM , Rating: 5
Ah, why didn't they go with Chromebooks? They've been successfully piloted at other schools. $200 is a lot cheaper than $700+.

Heck, at that price, you can give every student an ultrabook - a real computer - instead!

RE: Another $40 million for keyboards?!?
By Camikazi on 10/1/2013 9:15:09 PM , Rating: 4
This is L.A. we are talking about, when was the last time they did anything right?

By piroroadkill on 10/2/2013 7:00:46 AM , Rating: 5

By superstition on 10/2/2013 6:21:41 PM , Rating: 2
There are educational software packages already developed for the iPad. Some of these are used for dealing with special needs children and have research to back their effectiveness. School districts prefer research-backed materials.

Epic FAIL...As I knew it would be
By GotThumbs on 10/2/2013 12:08:36 AM , Rating: 3
The only party who made out was Apple.

Apple does have great salesmen.

By mmatis on 10/2/2013 8:24:01 AM , Rating: 3
You should surely understand that the Right Politicians made out quite nicely as well. And after all, that is the ONLY thing which really matters.

Too much open..?
By nikon133 on 10/1/2013 5:09:51 PM , Rating: 3
I never thought I'd ever say iPad is too much open...

But realistically, student tablets should be locked down, basically an AD computer with student, at worst, on level of standard user; at best (from security point), completely locked down, with preloaded (approved) apps and capable to download books and media only from school portal.

This device is supposed to be interactive schoolbook. If students want to have fun with tablet, they are free to purchase their own.

RE: Too much open..?
By ven1ger on 10/1/2013 5:31:24 PM , Rating: 2
First off, I have no problems with using tablets (whether they be from Apple, Android, or MS) for schools. What I have problems with is the idiot that didn't first of all find out if it is possible to totally lock down the tablet. If you're going to go into a contract with Apple, or any provider of the tablet, first find out if it is possible to do what you want and have that written up in the contract, if the vendor fails to live up to the contract, then return the materials and get back the money.

What I find totally irresponsible is that some idiot thought the district should get Ipads for all the students so that they can use them to study but never did the research to see if they could get it to do exactly what it needed to do.

Other thing is, that the school system should first find a solution that will work for the Ipads and that it is secure from tampering, before recalling all the tablets and getting absolutely no use out of it for the money they paid for it. So they have a recall to keep the tablets out of the students' hands because using facebook, etc will damage them somehow. They can still use the tablets for school and other things, but find a solution first instead of a draconian recall and letting them gather dust.

This is shocking!
By TSS on 10/1/2013 5:29:59 PM , Rating: 1
Not so much that the security would be breached. That was a given from the moment the idea was concieved to tell kids they couldn't do something.

But calling accessing blocked websites "hacks"?

Only 340 out of 2100 ipads breached?

Took a whole week?

What is this next generation doing? Back in the day it took me 5 minutes to figure out that while explorer was blocked i could acces the network directory through internet explorer and get all the teachers files that way. Hell in my IT college they "secured" the network so much that even office wouldn't run anymore - 5 minutes later my programs ran again though. Electronic security in schools has always been horrible.

What is this world coming to.....

RE: This is shocking!
By mik123 on 10/1/2013 6:29:13 PM , Rating: 2
wow, u must be 133t haxor

Simpsons joke
By WT on 10/2/2013 8:30:07 AM , Rating: 2
<Nelson> Ha Ha !!! </Nelson>

dumb idea
By Hector2 on 10/2/2013 10:53:00 AM , Rating: 2
This was a really stupid (& very expensive) idea right from the start. Were some of the school board members getting kickbacks ?

By Spookster on 10/2/2013 3:20:35 PM , Rating: 2
They captured an online conversation one of the students had using their new Ipad.

Cartman: I've outgrown all of my friends. I need to meet more mature people, Clyde Frog. [stares at Clyde Frog] Ohhh, great idea, Clyde Frog! I can meet new friends on the Internet! [on ipad] Here's a chat room: 'Men who like young boys'...that's perfect! [types a message under screen name 'BigBoned'] Hi everybody! I am a young boy seeking an older male for good times. I am eight years old and-- [he gets cut off and subsequently bombarded by messages from old guys] Wow, look at all these guys that want to be my friend! I'll pick...'Tony316'.

[online conversation]
BigBoned: Hi Tony!
Tony316: So what R U into?
BigBoned: Oh, U know, the usual stuff. :) [Cartman says it out loud as 'smiley face']
Tony316: Kewl. Wanna get together? :) [Cartman again pronounces 'smiley face']
BigBoned: Sure, Tony. That would be kewl. ;) [Cartman pronounces 'winking smiley face']
Tony316: Meet me at Mel's Buffet Restaurant tomorrow morning.
BigBoned: Sounds good, see ya then! <@:) [Cartman: Clown hat...curly hair...smiley face!]

Cartman: [searching online for a new friend] Okay, let's try this again. [typing] Hi everyone. I am looking for fun times with older male. I like to-- [interrupted again by even more older men] Oh, this one looks good. "Hung Daddy'. [typing] Hello, Hung Daddy.

Hung Daddy: Hi. I am 8 1/2 inches.
Cartman: Man, dude. This guy is tiny. He must be a dwarf. [typing] Sorry, I'm not interested in being friends with midgets. Midgets piss me off. :(

What are they gonna do now?
By DaveLessnau on 10/1/13, Rating: -1
RE: What are they gonna do now?
By Ammohunt on 10/1/2013 4:21:20 PM , Rating: 5
Poor kids they might have to use books! The horror!

RE: What are they gonna do now?
By rich_92 on 10/1/2013 4:34:57 PM , Rating: 3
If only they had spent the money on teacher education, equipment, better facilities...

RE: What are they gonna do now?
By troysavary on 10/1/2013 4:55:05 PM , Rating: 3
Don't you know that taxpayer money is better spent giving lucrative contracts to party supporters like Apple?

RE: What are they gonna do now?
By Dorkyman on 10/1/2013 6:18:15 PM , Rating: 2
So, they've gotten back 2/3rds?

Anybody wanna bet that many of the remaining units will just suddenly disappear? After all, what is the public school going to do with a kid who keeps his, or sells it? Expel?

Seriously, is there some sort of recourse?

RE: What are they gonna do now?
By inighthawki on 10/1/2013 6:27:54 PM , Rating: 2
Assuming its school property, they can do a lot. I do not know the limitations of what they are allowed to suspend or expel a student for, but this should be no different than if a student damaged or destroyed school property, or simply stole school property. If a student refuses to return textbooks or other school property when school ends, they'll just charge the parents for a replacement.

What makes you assume that they cannot do anything about it?

"Oh no, the kids won't give back the iPads, we're screwed!"

RE: What are they gonna do now?
By mmatis on 10/2/2013 8:19:19 AM , Rating: 2
If the students are children of the Right People, why would you even imagine that the District would do anything?

RE: What are they gonna do now?
By Xplorer4x4 on 10/5/2013 2:06:45 PM , Rating: 2
Around here the students who do not return their laptop, or return them heavily damaged, have a fine passed on to the parents. I believe their may be other repercussions but I can't recall. Our school district has a deal with HP. After the first year a good portion came back heavily damaged. Turns out it was a OEM fault and HP did a recall.

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