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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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RE: I don't buy their reasoning
By Mint on 7/26/2013 4:08:27 PM , Rating: 0
Nobody is going to get a job because they know how to use an iPad.
Sure, but you could lose out on a job if you don't know how to use one. It's a sign of technical illiteracy.

RE: I don't buy their reasoning
By Mint on 7/26/2013 4:09:08 PM , Rating: 2
(sorry, meant technological, not technical)

RE: I don't buy their reasoning
By jimbojimbo on 7/26/2013 5:08:23 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah, it's so hard to use any tablet. Touch then read then touch. Oooh. Here's a $100k/year job because of that.

RE: I don't buy their reasoning
By Mint on 7/28/2013 5:02:54 AM , Rating: 2
Goodness, don't you people have an ounce of imagination?

I'm not talking about $100k jobs.

I'm talking about low wage workers, like:
-warehouse workers doing inventory
-machine operators using electric manuals
-auto mechanic following video instructions
...or any number of menial tasks assisted by tablets 5-10 years from now.

If a task involves some text entry, you going to hire someone that types 20 words a minute on a touchscreen over someone that wastes time typing 4 words a minute?

Most jobs that don't get replaced by robots down the road will require some sort of information handling, like adeptly navigating manuals, using search tools, copying and pasting, taking pictures and putting them in trouble reports, etc.

There's nothing hard about anything we do on PCs, yet we still see people inept at using them. I can say,

"Yeah, it's so hard to use any PC. Click then read then click. Oooh."

RE: I don't buy their reasoning
By TSS on 7/28/2013 5:55:52 PM , Rating: 2
- If you cannot figure out how to handle a tablet, i do NOT want you taking inventory for me.
- Electric manuals? What, do you beam those into your head like the matrix? Surely you ment "Digital" manuals. Which you had known would you read more instead of play around with those fancy games on your iDevice. Anyways this is not relevant because girls always go for the manual first while men don't need them at all.
- If you cannot figure out how to pull up a video on a tablet i do NOT want you fixing my car. In fact if you still need to pull up the manual to fix the car, i do not want you to fix my car and go get somebody who actually knows what's wrong because you won't find that in the manual.

If i'm going to hire somebody for text entry i'll hire somebody who can do 400 words on a keyboard not 20 on a toutch device. Lol.

Any jobs that are not going to be automated are going to be 2 kids of jobs:
1. The stupidest of stupid, where handling a tablet is of secondary concirn to cleaning out the poop from toilet no.3,
or 2. The smartest of smart, AKA either maintaining or building the actual robots doing most of the work. If you can do that i'm willing to bet you can figure out how a tablet works.

The "ineptness" you describe with PC's aren't when they work. It's when they break. Having a tablet from a young age isn't going to change anything. In fact your own arguement works against you - most people entering the workforce now have grown up with or around PC's, yet by your own admission they are still inept at them.

Guess what - people who do not want to figure out technology, will never figure out technology. But the kids who wanted to read might get distracted by all these fancy games and stuff you can do on an ipad when the teacher's not looking.

Parental locking that stuff out defeats the whole purpose of a tablet as then the tablet is going to be as boring as a book - might as well use a book then.

None of your arguements hold water. Probably because you're much more focussed on that damn media device then what the job would actually require you to do - to WORK. Society doesn't run on paper-pushers.

RE: I don't buy their reasoning
By Motoman on 7/26/2013 6:23:28 PM , Rating: 3
Don't be retarded. "Knowing" how to use a tablet is roughly equal to knowing how to use a microwave.

Language skills, math and science, and above all else critical thinking skills are what we need to be teaching children.

This horribly moronic iPad boondoggle is nothing more than a bookmark in the 100-pound tome titled "Why we're all so f%cking stupid."

RE: I don't buy their reasoning
By Camikazi on 7/27/2013 12:55:16 AM , Rating: 2
I taught my mother to use a tablet, my 83 almost 84 year old never had a computer in her life, can barely work a cable box mother. Do you honestly think anyone teen or mid 20s age can't learn to use one on their own?

By HoosierEngineer5 on 7/27/2013 10:19:56 AM , Rating: 2
I work for a large engineering company. Not only don't they supply everybody with iXXX devices, they "won't provide PDAs for anybody". Guess how many iXXX devices you find here. Zero.

These things are playtoys for the kids, and cool gadgets for the teachers. It also gives the administrators a chance to look like they are doing something.

They would probably be better off buying 2x the number of PCs and trying to teach the kids from them.

"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov

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