L.A. Unified School District iPads to Cost $100 More Per Device
October 25, 2013 2:43 PM
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LAUSD must purchase at least $400 million before it will receive the discounted price of $678 per iPad
The iPad rollout in the
L.A. Unified School District
(LAUSD) just got a whole lot more expensive.
According to a new report from the
Los Angeles Times
, the revised school budget for LAUSD shows that each iPad will cost about $100 more than the previously reported price of $678. The new price per iPad is now $770.
Why the price jump? The report says that LAUSD must purchase at least $400 million before it will receive the discounted price of $678 per iPad. This means that the district would have to buy 520,000 iPads before getting the lower prices.
The deal includes the iPad, a protective case, a limited three-year warranty, technical assistance and training, curriculum from Pearson Education Inc. (which is still being developed) and one Apple TV setup per 20 students.
LAUSD started out with a $50 million budget for the iPads, which is supposed to put an iPad in the hands of all students and teachers at 47 schools in the district. That budget includes training and upgrading wireless Internet at these campuses, but the prices seem to be increasing over budget.
For example, the original budget set aside $20.3 million for iPad devices, but the revised version added over $4 million for the tablets. Also, the classroom carts (which are used to charge the iPads) were to cost $2.6 million for the first phase, but that rose to $3.2 million.
LAUSD is trying to stay in that $50 million budget range by delaying a system for providing online courses and also shifting costs to the general fund of about $550,000.
Despite these cost issues, the revised budget reportedly says the district is right where it wants to be in terms of the iPad rollout.
But cost isn't the only issue the district has had with the iPad launch. Earlier this month, LAUSD took the iPads back from students after
nearly 300 students "hacked"
into the devices allowing for access to prohibited websites like Facebook, Twitter and Pandora. About 2,100 iPads were distributed at that time.
LAUSD counted 260 cases of iPad security "hacks" at Roosevelt, 10 from Angelou Community High School in South Park and 70 at Westchester High.
a $30 million contract from LAUSD
back in June, which is part of a a $1 billion technology plan in the school system. The school district 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.
The Los Angeles Times
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Not my kids
10/27/2013 8:07:54 AM
I've been programming since I was 10, got my A+ Certification and did my high school co-op placement at a computer store, took a Cisco networking course at 18, got into website development at 19, database development at 26, and I'm currently a database applications developer. I build my own computers and upgrade the computers of my friends and family. I appreciate the importance of technology and the need for everyone to be computer literate. I will encourage my children to know not just how to use computers, but how they work. If they find a passion for technology, I will support them. But...
I do not want my kids starting each day by reaching for an iPad. I don't want them to have the instinct to immediately reach for a computer any time they're sitting down, and to need to be on a computer all day, every day. When I'm on the bus, everyone is using their smartphone or tablet. I even see people using their smartphones while they're walking down the street. It's like humans no longer know how to how to just enjoy their environment or be alone with their thoughts. I want my kids to know that a computer is a tool, and sometimes a toy, but it mustn't take over your life. Use a computer at work when you need to, use a computer for play when you've earned a break, but otherwise use them as little as possible. I just don't like the idea of our technology requiring our attention every minute of every day. I don't want my kids to get into the habit of staring at a tablet first thing in the morning when they get to school; that sets them up for around-the-clock computer use. I want my kids to know how to solve problems with a paper and pencil. I want them to know how to do math in their heads. I love technology, but I will not be a slave to it. Sooner or later every gadget fails, and we need to be able to function without it. We need to be independent and self-sufficient. We need to look out the bus window when the bus is driving down the riverside parkway. Look! Ducks, geese, living things! All around me, no one is noticing the real world because they prefer the virtual world. I don't want my kids to be tech zombies, and I don't want iPads in their schools unless they're taking a computer class.
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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