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

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.

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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1. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

"The district of Madison is paying an average price of $479, which includes an educational discount." Apple really cares about students.

3. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 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.

10. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

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

31. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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

38. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

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

39. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

to make it easier for the state to pay?

2. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

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

4. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

5. bigboy029

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 03, 2011

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

6. thebikerboi2

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 01, 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.

12. deepinsideyourmom

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Hello, you just got trolled

43. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 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.

8. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 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.

14. deepinsideyourmom

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

41. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 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.

44. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 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.

32. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

11. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 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?

13. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

15. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

23. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 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.

16. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 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.

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

20. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 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.

21. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 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.

25. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Like our own government right?

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

34. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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?

35. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol, u need to look further into the education game. state and federal governments pull billions a year in taxes. All the teacher's salaries in the US wouldnt equal a billion dollars. The NEA.. aka the teacher's union, skims billions off the top and it dissapears. Why do superintendants get paid 250k a year and more? Thats not the teacher's fault. And no, I dont think they should have to pay for classroom supplies. Where do you work? If you worked at a grocery store as a check out clerk, should u have to buy a register to use or should it be provided? If you worked at tire kingdom, should you have to buy your own car lift? Thats rediculous. Besides, you obviously dont read too many of my posts. I'm very much for serious reform and disabling of these huge unions that are strangling us and then begging for more with the "big blue eyed puppy" look. Tenor, which is what keeps crappy teachers around, is a union gimmick. its horrible. If they privatized education and made competition between schools, our education system would turn around instantly. But that is a different conversation. In this conversation, someone should justify spending 450 on a tablet that does nothing more than a 200 tablet. And not even that.. justifying the expense period. That money could have went to hiring another teacher or buying classroom supplies. Teachers get paid OK for the most part, but not great. And its certainly not enough to justify having to spend 15% of your own money on class supplies every year.

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