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Wisconsin spending $3.4 million from Microsoft settlement to buy Apple iPads for students

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Wisconsin spending $3.4 million from Microsoft settlement to buy Apple iPads for students
The capital of Wisconsin is buying a total of 1400 Apple iPads units from money won in a settlement against Microsoft. This spring, Madison will buy 600 of the tablets with the remaining 800 scheduled for purchase this fall. In the case that brought the money used to buy the devices, the state argued that Microsoft had overcharged customers for software and the Redmond based firm ended up agreeing to pay the state $80 million. Of that total, $3.4 million is being used by the entire state to buy the tablets from Apple. The district of Madison is paying an average price of  $479, which includes an educational discount. Bill Smojver, Madison's director of technical services for the school district, says that the new iPads will enable students to wirelessly share their work and enable schools to replace textbooks with digital textbooks which he calls a  "significant development". The announcement of the purchase comes days after Apple inroduced its iBooks 2 as an attempt to re-invent the textbook.

Apple iPads in the classroom

Apple iPads in the classroom

While Wisconsin schools are being allowed to spend the settlement money on technology ranging from iPads to laptops or other items, it seems the Madison School Board was impressed with the results of a study in Chicago which found that students using an Apple iPad were more "engaged" in the classroom instead of getting engaged outside of the classroom. Technology consultant Naomi Harm says her firm has worked with more than 50 school districts in Wisconsin on using the iPad in the classroom.

The state was part of a lawsuit against Microsoft that claimed the company used its monopoly position to hurt the competition. At the time of the suit, which was 1998, those competitors included Netscape. Class Action suits followed and Apple tried to get the claims dismissed in a number of them. At the end of the day, the company paid 17 states to settle the suit.

source: AppleInsider

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posted on 28 Jan 2012, 23:50 8

1. biophone (Posts: 1985; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


"The district of Madison is paying an average price of $479, which includes an educational discount."

Apple really cares about students.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 01:02 2

3. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


so true, I know steve jobs hated charity but how hard is it for this company sitting on 90+billion dollars of cash to give a little back.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 09:05

10. biophone (Posts: 1985; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


You mean only have 90 billion and look at the huge discounts they are giving stusents. They really care.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 19:11 2

31. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


what do u want them to do? free ipads for everyone? they are giving the same, fair educational discount they do for every other educational facility… if the school thought apples products were too overpriced for their tastes, they would go buy something else.. obviously they are not

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 22:16

38. biophone (Posts: 1985; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


My point is whats the point of the discount in the first place.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 22:22 2

39. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


to make it easier for the state to pay?

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 00:31 1

2. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


My state is buying iPads huh. Guess my children may be using something different.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 02:17 1

4. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


iPad for urrghh... Students? I would rather give them something like an Android tablet, which they can use to express their creativity by customizing, hacking, rooting, change ROM, try out new stuff.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 04:46 3

5. bigboy029 (Posts: 74; Member since: 03 Jan 2011)


Ya cause that what kids know how to do and care about.... hahahahah

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 04:47

6. thebikerboi2 (Posts: 144; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


dude the ipad is still a nice tablet, and its good for students. i highly doubt that the user in this case would really care about custom roms, rooting, and hacking. plus any of this would probably go against the terms of use set out by the school.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 09:18 1

12. deepinsideyourmom (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Hello, you just got trolled

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 13:34

43. thephoneguy92 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


I'm pretty sure this was sarcasm, and I laughed. Although, if it wasn't sarcasm, I would say this guys kids are going to be pretty badass when they grow up if this is his standards.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 05:13

7. Leo_MC (Posts: 1725; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


That could end up to be lobby for the kids parents to buy them iPad to use at home.
Just like Windows did years ago.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 07:52 7

8. JGuinan007 (Posts: 687; Member since: 19 May 2011)


The Ipad is old Apple is selling it off to employees for $250, and ripping off the state selling them for $479!? The State should sue them. Apple should give them Ipad 3, or sell them for $250, or better yet sell them the Ipad 3 for $250 it's for the children and they are the future.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 09:47 1

14. deepinsideyourmom (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Yes I couldn't agree more, I mean the audacity of Apple to sell an obsolete tablet for basically full price to our schools while their employees enjoy a huge discount, all Apple cares about is making money which includes screwing over our children. I just want to screw their Moms but you could say that's not relevant. Message to apple how about donating those ipads for free.

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 10:47

41. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


Obselete tablet? I still have the original iPad and it works fine for what I do on it: Web surfing, e-mail, ebooks and some gaming. It even received iOS 5 and will probably get iOS 6 when the time comes. I mean, even the iPhone 3GS got the iOS 5 update.

I doubt these CHILDREN are going to need the highest spec thing out there. They need something that has been widely adopted, is stable and has a large enough ecosystem to provide them with ebooks and educational apps that they need for school.

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 13:36

44. thephoneguy92 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Yeah but have you ever used a 3GS with iOS 5? I have plenty of customers trading them in for iPhone 4/4S's and it is the slowest thing ever. Takes me ten minutes just to get into about to get the Model #. Just because it can, doesn't mean it should.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 19:16

32. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


if the state of Wisconsin is that stupid to check apples product page then we seriously have a problem… somehow i doubt they are buying them for that amount-- its probably the ipad 2

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 08:55 4

9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The iPad in the picture looks like an iPad 1!? If the iPad 1 is being unloaded for an average price of $479, Apple is really f*cking them over. But then again, you don't build up a $90+ billion pile of cash without f*cking someone over.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 09:18

11. snowgator (Posts: 3601; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Okay, I am hoping it is just a stock picture, and that as is usually the case a State Government is just referring to an iPad 2 as an iPad due to them releasing generic responses on press releases. Doesn't hurt to hope, right?

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 09:21

13. snowgator (Posts: 3601; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Oh, the irony. As Microsoft uses millions upon millions from Android makers to push it's profits, someone else is using their millions to push Apple, and in a market that Microsoft is hoping to bust into, tablets that power education.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 10:05 1

15. 14545 (Posts: 1612; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Wow, this has to be the most idiotic statement I have ever seen made.
No one in their right mind would believe that a TABLET, ANY TABLET NOT JUST APPLE's, would be more productive in the classroom. I type about 50 WPM but I can't manage 15-20 on my tablet. Laptops are a much more productive tool than an ipad, or any other tablet will ever be. The only +1 that tab's have going for them is that they can act as ereaders for text books and such.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 16:16 1

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


----" The only +1 that tab's have going for them is that they can act as ereaders for text books and such."----

That is why I support a lower priced tablet such as the Kindle Fire or Nook Color. More than half the price and open platform. Cheaper to replace and the basis of these two choices is:

Books and reading, with access to internet. Why should tax payers have to front the dollars for something more expensive that the two less expensive alternatives can meet the requirements?

John B.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 10:21 6

16. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


I think I am done with phone arena. PA has too many haters for me. It is a great site love the set up but the comments grinds my gears.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 11:37 3

17. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


what your saying is that you have a blind devotion to a company that doesn't care about you, and you can't stand a difference of opinion. shallow minds don't make for deep thought.

as far as the pictures go, I'm sure its just a stock photo the writer found. apple wouldn't dare rip off our kids. they may be OK with Chinese enslavement, but these are American kids. they wouldn't do that.. right!? lol

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 13:09 5

20. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Kids dont have money to buy anything so what are you talking about? This is your problem remixfag you don't know s**t and just write hate because you either cant afford Apple products or you started on another product first. I can respect either. I have never had a problem with any Apple product I have ever bought. Every other electronic i have got from other companies consistantly let me down and fail or dont last for any period of time.

So what it cost a little extra? I still have my first G4 Apple MacBook and just handed it down to my baby sister and that thing is still out performing brand new PCs that some of my friends have.

When you get some money and move out on your own try Apple again and stop looking for a hand out from Apple once again like I say all the time Apple is a business and are not here to give s**t away from free weather its for Kids, old people or combat vets like myself.

P.S. I am done acknowledging you Remixma. I'm staying on PA just dont talk my way.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 14:48 1

21. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


"I think I'm done with phone arena"

Please go. Your post has nothing to do with remix's post and then you personally attack him calling him a fag and broke.

Just because you're obsessed with apple doesn't mean the rest of us can't criticize apple for offering such a "generous discount" of 20$ fuking dollars to a school district.

In case you didn't know most school districts are running out of money, so maybe just maybe a company sitting on piles of money could do something nice for the public for once.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 16:31 2

25. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Like our own government right?

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 15:55 2

22. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


instead of being insulting and petulent, try holding a conversation. your rabbid silly insults show your mindset.

in a time when teachers a getting fired and using their own paychecks to buy classroom supplies, this seems like an unnecessary expence... and an expencive one at that. teachers unions are begging for billions more to "pay teachers" and are spending it on frivilous crap instead.

get your head of your ass and have an educated opinion, not just one of a blind pissy ifanatic.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 19:27 3

34. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


are u kiding me? teachers get paid way more than they deserve.. why cant new teachers get jobs? because old ones who suck at teaching are locked in on tenure.. its a corrupt and disgusting system where teachers are rated on how long they work not how good they are… i would have no problem paying teachers what they get right now if most of the money didnt go to pensions and other things that bankrupt our government… i cant talk for other states but california has some serious educational issues… LA has the highest paid teachers yet they have something like 60% dropout rate… and u want them to not have to use their own money to help students? so instead of paying for technology that would further students education, u want to pay for pensions that do nothing but bankrupt the government?

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