LA School District Receiving 31,000 iPads in First Phase of Apple Contract
July 26, 2013 12:36 PM
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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.
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.
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.
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7/27/2013 1:09:07 AM
I was posting that on my phone and made a typo, it happens. Sue me :)
A bit Cynical as well aren't we?
Well no I don't think so. I'm just saying how it is. You have to be willfully ignorant not to see the culture of waste and incompetence that has permeated every level of governance in this nation.
The fact that he specifically used the highway/road funds as his example, when it's the single biggest source of pork barrel and non-road funding out there, kinda disqualifies him as an informed debater.
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