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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38 Comments

38. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

The major takeaway from this is how much Los Angeles Unified School District is paying for these. They are paying more than cost for these and will still have to pay even more taxpayer money for the licensing of e-books each year. An amount that equals almost as much the cost of purchasing physical copies of books that will last these schools multiple years. This is yet another reason why California residents pay more in sales and state income tax than anywhere else in the country, and it is still on the brink of bankruptcy.

34. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Is it a good investment? I dunno... what's their policy on lost/stolen/damaged iPads? They should have went with a less expensive alternative tablet, or at least commisioned Apple to provide an educational-purposes only iPad Lite. They had so many other more viable options and yet chose this. I guess California's educators explains the state of education in California.

33. scottae316

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

iPads have more apps specifically written for them than Android tablets which use often the same apps written for phones and are not as visually appealing. Many of apps are educationally oriented. Many text books are published for the iPad. The $1000 dollar per iPad includes texts which are NOT cheap and probably includes a maintenance/repair program. It will be interesting to see if these iPads are for school use only or can be taken home?

31. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

“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,” This is my main issue with Apple's devices, they are regarded as the future, when in reality they are dumbed down simple devices with dated hardware that will do nothing but hold kids back (and consequently the majority of the country) technologically. Look at Samsung, a foreign company producing mobile devices with some of the best hardware, and most unique software available, Apple is pretty much Americas equivalent. IPhone 5? "Looks nice, feels great in your hand" iPad mini? "Can fit in one hand" While Samsung is making devices that you can navigate without touching the screen. Apple does have a place in the market, but relying on them for Americas future just doesn't seems right.

35. Blazers

Posts: 791; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Best hardware? Not even close. I use a Note 2, and it definitely feels cheap compared to HTC and Apple devices. That said, I love it.

37. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Do you mean build quality? The Note 2 has better specs than all of Apple's devices and the HTC one has better specs. They both use more expensive materials though, that's indisputable, most of Samsung's products are built very cheaply.

27. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

That's a very stupid decision.Instead of paying so much money on these addictive devices they could've done many others useful things.Many children will became addicted and will behave like zombies or will sell them. Anyway,the iPad is still the best slate on the market,no doubt about that,it is so smooth and fast,no lag,no freeze and it also has a huge ecosystem with alot of apps/games specially designed for it. I have a Nexus 7 and I can say that I'm very dissapointed because it it freezing/crashing alot when I cancel some apps or switch between them and it also has alot of building problems with the display.

21. iStabrak

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 26, 2013

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

30. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

"Smart and Techy students" Android is easier to learn than IOS. IOS 7 has completley killed the idea of iphones being simpler than android.

19. mrfamous1

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 25, 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.

16. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 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.

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

11. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

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

10. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 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.

7. mrvid

Posts: 77; Member since: Oct 02, 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!!

29. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

6400000 children will prefer the new Nexus 7

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

No, that's not a children thing.

2. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

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

1. omarr

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

That's why the iPad is the best tablet

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

because its for school kids ?!

8. omarr

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Because it is used for education you fools

12. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

And other are used for degradation or what?

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31799; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

20. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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. ;)

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 31799; Member since: Feb 05, 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"

22. omarr

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

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

24. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Nice "argument".

9. omarr

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

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

15. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

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

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