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640 000 iPads arriving in the hands ot LA school kids

640 000 iPads arriving in the hands ot LA school kids
Is it a good idea or not? 640 000 iPads worth millions of dollars will be given to school kids in Los Angeles for free. The first batch of 31 000 will be given this year and the remaining majority of 609 000 iPads is coming next year.

The idea is of course to bring the digital age into classrooms, but what seems weird is the prices that has been quoted for the first 31 000. That price is $31 million, making each of the iPads cost a thousand dollars. To purchase the rest, the Los Angeles School Board of Education will need to secure additional funds.

“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,” chief facilities executive at LAUSD Mark Hovatter said. “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.”

It is not just stock iPads - all of the tablets will of course come pre-loaded with textbooks and all sorts of educational applications. An impressive 47 campuses in Los Angeles will be covered.

source: Cult of Mac

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posted on 26 Jul 2013, 08:06 2

1. omarr (banned) (Posts: 149; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


That's why the iPad is the best tablet

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 08:12 13

3. tech2 (Posts: 3477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


because its for school kids ?!

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 08:32 3

8. omarr (banned) (Posts: 149; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


Because it is used for education you fools

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 08:49 10

12. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


And other are used for degradation or what?

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 09:26 1

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 22159; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


No, but I get omarrs point PAU. Look at all the organizations that use iPads. MLB NFL NASA various hospitals schools and colleges, also lots of airlines. It's a great device.

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 11:00 5

20. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


So if MLB, NFL and NASA use iPads, it somehow automatically means that iPad is the best tablet? How, in which way it makes iPad as best tablet?

Also I want to remind you that MLB, NFL and NASA are only American things and I don't know, maybe it will be a news for you but there is more countries in the world than only America.
And since MLB, NFL and NASA are American things same as Apple, I pretty sure that is the main reason why they use iPad.

In simple words I don't see how MLB, NFL or NASA can be indicator which shows how good or bad is one or another device. ;)

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 18:51

36. darkkjedii (Posts: 22159; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I never said its the best tablet, "best" is speculative. I said "it's a great device". I really don't get into what's best, due to people's preferences and needs mattering more than my opinion. The iPad is a great overall unit, but buy what you prefer...no matter what country you're in, that still means "choice"

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 12:34

22. omarr (banned) (Posts: 149; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


Look everywhere and you will mostly see iPads , so my answer is YES

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 12:36 1

24. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Nice "argument".

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 08:33 1

9. omarr (banned) (Posts: 149; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


I bet that you will see the cheap nexus 7 used for education

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 09:27 7

15. ebubekir26 (Posts: 323; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


cheap? yes, but AWESOME, it sh*t's all over the iPad

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 12:36 1

23. omarr (banned) (Posts: 149; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


It only s**ts over you

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 10:06 4

17. tech2 (Posts: 3477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


The answer is in your question. 'cheap' is exactly the reason why Nexus 7 is a better choice. It does the same job, if not better than iPad mini, at a much lower price

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 12:38

25. omarr (banned) (Posts: 149; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


By cheap I mean cheap in quality and cheap in just everything else

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 13:01 1

26. Tazer2365 (Posts: 52; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)


Not just school kids, but middle and high school students as well. Next time read better, or get an iPad to help you out ;)

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 14:28 2

28. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Would of been better to get a bunch of Nexus 10s and make a custom version of android and not rely on IOS's crappy features.

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 15:22

32. scottae316 (Posts: 10; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


As opposed to extra crappy Android features?

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 08:22

5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Could you be more specific?

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 10:14 2

18. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


and that's a very expensive price tag

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 08:07 12

2. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Next Headline: 640000 children spend $1000 each on in-app purchases bankrupting the american education system.

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 08:13 7

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


6400000 children will prefer the new Nexus 7

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 08:22

6. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


No, that's not a children thing.

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 08:28 8

7. mrvid (Posts: 77; Member since: 02 Oct 2008)


So damn stupid! No wonder California's education system is broke! Ran by a bunch of stupid ass morons! I'm sure they all own Apple stock! Lets see how many of these show up on eBay!!

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 14:29 1

29. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


640000 ipads came when it started when it ended I beat atleast 20000 of them are gone forever.

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 08:38

10. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


They are giving free ipad to the kids because they want the kids get used to ipad and when they grow up they wouldn't buy any other tablet beside ipad.

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 08:42 8

11. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


give them good teachers and teach em to be thinkers rather than angry birds

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 09:15 3

13. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Why not give them a Windows 8 tablet? Since, it's for education.
If you give them an iPad, all they do is play Angry Birds and draw some pinky unicorns.

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 10:00 1

16. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


I honestly feel inexpensive replacement tablets are best for the education sector. To replace an ipad is far too expensive for school districts to fork over for any needed repairs or replacements. It all trickles down to the tax payer in the end.

Districts should be looking at curbing expenses rather than poking the already tax burdoned citizens for funding. Owning an ipad is a choice for private individuals that are willing to shell out money for it, but the ipad should not be allocated to schools by public assistance. The same goal can be reached by less expensive alternatives while saving costs.

John B.

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 10:15 1

19. mrfamous1 (Posts: 27; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


Why do people hate Apple so much? Angry birds can be played on Android devices also. Apple iPads last a lot longer in the long run. It's a reason why hospitals use them. Samsung devices are great but the device break down in less than a year. I still have my iPad 1 for my car and it works great still to this day. I bought a Nexus tablet and it freezes all the time.

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 11:25

21. iStabrak (banned) (Posts: 21; Member since: 26 Jul 2013)


In private schools they have Android for "Smart and Techy students"
For average Joe's it's Apple products!

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