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The district plans to use $30 million in tax money to fund the first $31,000 devices, but is looking for other options to fund the rest

Apple scored a major contract last month to deploy iPads in a Los Angeles school district, and more details about that deal are trickling out. 

CITEworld reports that the Los Angeles Unified School District will receive 31,000 iPads this school year as part of phase one of the overall iPad deployment. This first phase is currently in action, delivering iPads to 49 of the district's 1,124 K-12 schools.

The district has 640,000 students total, and the goal is to have an iPad for each student. The LA Unified School District plans to complete the rest of the phases under the contract with Apple by late 2014, when each and every student should have an iPad of their own. 

The contract between the LA school district and Apple is worth $30 million, but students will get to use them for free. The district plans to use $30 million in tax money to fund the first $31,000 devices, but is looking for other options to fund the rest.

"The most important thing is to try to prepare the kids for the technology they are going to face when they are going to graduate," said Mark Hovatter, the chief facilities executive for the LAUSD. "This is phase one, a mix of high school, middle school, and elementary students. We're targeting kids who most likely don't have their own computers or laptops or iPads. Their only exposure to computers now is going to be in their schools."

The iPads aim to offer students a more well-rounded education by providing a firm grip on technology and how to use it in various situations such as testing, studying and communicating with teachers/students; interactive lessons; reference videos; digital textbooks (book publisher Pearson currently has a contract with Apple to use its textbooks on the iPads); schedules drawn up by teachers, and educational software.   

Apple won the contract with the LA district last month when the Board of Education voted 6 to 0 to approve it. The board came to this conclusion after receiving positive input about iPad use from teachers and students. The iPad was also the least expensive device. 

The iPads will come pre-loaded with educational software, but won't include a keyboard. They have a three-year warranty that includes free replacement devices up to 5 percent of the value of the purchase price. 
The school district has 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. 

Source: CITEworld

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What a complete waste of taxpayer money.
By MrBlastman on 7/26/2013 2:07:02 PM , Rating: 5
To paraphrase, they are being put in schools to "prepare children for technology they will face in the real world."

Well, guess what? Real-world work isn't done on an i-pad. It is done or a PC or a notebook. Not a darn keyboardless tablet device. If this weren't in LA or Commiefornia, I wouldn't believe it was happening, but, it is.

RE: What a complete waste of taxpayer money.
By BRB29 on 7/26/2013 2:09:42 PM , Rating: 5
It's just marketing BS. Apple doesn't care about education. They care about education dollars buying their ipads.

I know a lot of state are looking into technology to solve their failing education problem. They're just ignoring the real problems of our education system and looking for a quick fix so people would think they are doing something about it.

By jimbojimbo on 7/26/2013 5:13:04 PM , Rating: 4
It's the same strategy they've used before with schools. They give them "discounted" computers in the hopes the kids learn it and decide to only buy those products in the future. They have tons of Macs to schools and when students got out because they are so narrow minded the only computer they would even consider was a Mac. It's even like that now in the graphics world. PCs are much more flexible than Apples but any graphic designer will get a Mac because that's what they used in school. Photoshop may have worked better on a Mac 20 years ago but they work just as well on Windows now. People remain ignorant to that.

By Piiman on 7/27/2013 10:38:17 AM , Rating: 3
Yep if Apple really cared they could easily afford to donate 640,000 to the schools.

By Lord 666 on 7/26/2013 7:03:37 PM , Rating: 2
Access to iPad or any other mobile Internet access is a useful thing when it is coupled with a compelling curriculum. Purchasing text books is the most absurd idea when the content can be accessed electronically. If there is a discussion or current event that enhances curriculum, it can be accessed by all users.

Another good example... would there be a Let Me Google that for You site if everyone knew how to search for something? Instead of asking a dumb question, research the premise first and then ask something intelligent.

By Fritzr on 7/28/2013 11:15:57 PM , Rating: 1
The casino I work for (5 restaurant venues & 7 bar venues) has just started using iPod touch for the servers and bartenders to enter orders ... no more scribbling and running over to the POS terminal ... now they hold the POS terminal with credit card scanner in their hand at the table.

iPads for the schools though is to make sure the students learn early that the only tablet computer they should buy is an Apple tablet computer. As far as actual usability, repeated studies have shown that the current gen tablet designs do NOT work in school. You cannot view multiple textbooks or textbook & workbook at the same time. In K-12 this might be less of a problem but at the college level it has been a deal killer in every trial I have seen a report on. (including 'real' OS netbooks and tablets due to screen size)

TL;DR form: Apple customer indoctrination, to be followed by "Mommy I need the Apple tablet because that is what we have at school".

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