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

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: 30720; 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: 30720; 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

23. omarr

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

It only s**ts over you

17. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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

25. omarr

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

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

26. Tazer2365

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 28, 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 ;)

28. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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.

32. scottae316

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

As opposed to extra crappy Android features?

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Could you be more specific?

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

and that's a very expensive price tag

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.

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.

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.

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.

11. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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