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LA will give all 640,000 students an iPad by end of 2014
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Jul 26, 2013, 11:17 PM
 
A total of more than a half-million iPads will be given out by the Los Angeles Unified School District, covering 1,124 schools by the end of 2014 in a deal worth "hundreds of millions" to Apple -- far larger than the $30 million contract initially reported. That contract covers only the first deployment of iPads, covering 49 schools and an estimated 31,000 students that will be given out by the end of the year. As reported earlier, Apple will be the sole vendor for the ambitious project, resulting in costs of nearly $415 million over the first two years for the iPads alone.

The schools covered including all grades from Kindergarten through high school, and target in particular students who otherwise would not have access to the technology. The bulk of the total cost is the $678 per iPad fixed cost, which will come pre-loaded with Pearson e-textbooks and other educational apps that make up the remainder of the money. Each iPad will also come with a full three-year warranty, and allow the district to keep its learning materials completely up-to-date. Indeed, despite the large sums involved, the LAUSD believes it will save money compared to the costs associated with providing traditional textbooks and other educational materials to the schools.

Other tablets were considered and rejected as being "lesser" than the iPad, despite pressure from other vendors (particularly Microsoft) to diversify the program to include a range of tablet models. The board voted unanimously to reject this approach and give iPads to all students, following (on a grander scale) programs across the nation that offer iPads as a replacement for most traditional school materials. Studies have supported the notion that the cutting-edge technology found in tablets helps students learn by being more flexible in approaches, and able to support apps to tailor the learning experience to each student's needs.

Apple had said at the time the deal was announced that it was the first step of a larger rollout with LA schools, but the details and scale of the project were finally revealed by CITEworld, an educational journal. A number of colleges are now also requiring or providing iPads, acknowledging the "post-PC" scenario that is likely to be even more prominent for everyday computing use in the future.
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Jul 27, 2013, 11:10 AM
 
Great Schools currently rates the LA school system a dismal 4 on a 10-point scale. Will this improve matters? I doubt it.

It's likely to mean that poor kids who're already spending their school day terrified that what little they own may get stolen will now have to worry about this expensive gadget getting stolen or smashed. That's not going to help them focus on their studies.

We need to face facts. Technology can't fix a structure as defective as California's public school system. Nor can it do much, except at the margins, for failure cultures such as those Charles Murray describes in Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010. The fact that he came up with his results studying white communities shows this isn't about race either.

Gadgets such as iPads distract from the real causes for the ills of our schools. The few kids that benefit from them would have done equally well at a one-room schoolhouse in the rural 1850s with nothing to write with but chalk on a slate tablet.
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I find this development very exciting! It means to me that there will now be a critical mass of students at all academic and age levels (from a developer and teacher perspective) using this flexible technology for their learning process.

I'm hoping that this could open up all kinds of new avenues of learning, away from the old traditional stuff we've had since forever. All kinds of kids who can make music, movies, draw, with the iPad, in new ways. And study or learn beyond the limits of the few classes they are registered for. And what software tools may come out of this?

Very exciting indeed!
     
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Jul 27, 2013, 08:41 PM
 
Originally Posted by Flyingjoe View Post
I find this development very exciting! It means to me that there will now be a critical mass of students at all academic and age levels (from a developer and teacher perspective) using this flexible technology for their learning process.

I'm hoping that this could open up all kinds of new avenues of learning, away from the old traditional stuff we've had since forever. All kinds of kids who can make music, movies, draw, with the iPad, in new ways. And study or learn beyond the limits of the few classes they are registered for. And what software tools may come out of this?

Very exciting indeed!

This sounds like what people were saying when CD-ROMs came out.

Technology does not necessarily improve the quality of education as has been stated here, but I think the big draw here might be savings in the costs of textbooks.
     
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Jul 28, 2013, 11:35 PM
 
Would that be the racist Charles Murray who wrote The Bell Curve, the risible and scientifically discredited screed that argued that most other races -- particularly blacks -- were genetically inferior to whites in intelligence? That Charles Murray?

Very revealing.

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