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L.A. to give every student an iPad

By Peter Svensson

AP Technology Writer

LAST UPDATED: 05:32 a.m. HST, Jun 20, 2013

NEW YORK » Los Angeles' school system, the second largest in the United States, is ordering iPads for all its students, handing Apple a major success in its quest to make the tablet computer a replacement for textbooks.

The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday approved the purchase of $30 million worth of iPads as the first part of a multi-year commitment. It found that the iPad was the least expensive option that met its specifications.

The initial order is for more than 31,000 iPads, Apple said. The Los Angeles Unified School District has more than 640,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

The textbooks will be delivered through an application from Pearson, a major publisher, rather than through Apple's own iBooks. Apple and its publisher partners launched a suite of textbooks for iBooks in early 2012.

According to biographer Walter Isaacson, changing the textbook market was a pet project of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, even in the last year of his life. At a dinner in early 2011, Jobs told News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch that paper textbooks could be made obsolete by the iPad. Jobs wanted to circumvent the state certification process for textbook sales by having Apple release textbooks for free on the tablet computer.

Apple said 10 million iPads are in use in schools today. The company said that when the rollout is completed, Los Angeles will be the largest school district in the nation to provide each student with an iPad.

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niimi wrote:
IT should be "loan." DO not give it.
on June 20,2013 | 06:45AM
9ronboz wrote:
Not iPad, use discipline.
on June 20,2013 | 06:57AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Some Apple shareholder in charge of the education in LA has a conflict of interest?
on June 20,2013 | 07:14AM
grantos wrote:
most retirement accounts utilize mutual funds that compromise technology stocks, of which Apple is a likely stock
on June 20,2013 | 12:37PM
mikethenovice wrote:
No wonder the taxpayer can never get ahead.
on June 20,2013 | 07:15AM
yellowginger wrote:
Smart. To outfit textbooks in schools is way more costly and texts become obsolete in 5-10 years, but schools can't afford to buy more to keep up with changes.
on June 20,2013 | 07:22AM
jasurace wrote:
You realize the iPad itself only has a 3-5 year lifespan (and in the hands of kids, probably more like 2), and costs >$400? I can't believe for an instant this is actually cost effective.
on June 20,2013 | 10:11AM
niceynicey wrote:
Money from these education corporations. They are the ones who are shaping our philosophies and policies on education.
on June 20,2013 | 07:30AM
I wonder what % will be sold and boy do they have a lot of money. Why not all the school systems in the United States. How come?
on June 20,2013 | 07:59AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Good news for the U.S. and China. ... Because of the made-in-China Apple products ...More money for China ... to lend to the U.S.
on June 20,2013 | 08:11AM
Slow wrote:
Good idea. About 15 years ago my son was tols he could bring a calculator along for his math test. I was kind of shocked until I thought about it. Technology is not going away. No need for abacuses. Acquire knowledge then use the tools. But let's keep our kids floundering along in the last century. The DOE's approach is doing so well, right?
on June 20,2013 | 08:16AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
I can see battle looming for textbook companies. I am sure that they are in their war rooms right now strategizing on this. I believe that there is a potential for this use also in colleges. It would save parents like myself a lot of money as textbooks are very expensive. The problem with textbooks is that once the classes are over they become useless in many cases. Thus students resell the books back to the bookstore who profit from this cycle. Universities such as ours should work with publishers to have discounted rates for ebooks that will save students a lot of money and also save our landfills from being loaded with these books. It would save a lot of trees needed to manufacture these textbooks. Imagine the amount of weight reduced in a student's backpack. Textbooks are becoming dinosaurs. The library system would save a lot of money if they no longer had to have huge facilities to hold tons of books. We are already able to borrow ebooks. That would also save library users gas which would make this system green. I can foresee this happening in the future.
on June 20,2013 | 08:59AM
busterb wrote:
I think textbook companies aren't worried. Even though the kids will have a tool to read a textbook, they still have to load on a text. It's not like iPads come with everything in the world loaded. Also, inventory and delivery of textbooks is a major cost to the publishers. To be able to transmit the info over the net will be a boon to them. And now, rather then buy back a book, they can just disable it for the next year. Then, if you think about it, stuff can be updated on the fly. Like back when I used old texts in HS, the Vietnam War hadn't ended yet. Now you can get an update that will have History and Geography updated when ever something happens!
on June 20,2013 | 10:17AM
WKAMA wrote:
I can see where lots of these students are going to report stolen or lost ipads. May be a good idea if they can hang on to it.
on June 20,2013 | 09:13AM
busterb wrote:
Craigslist bonanza!
on June 20,2013 | 10:17AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Each kid should ASSUME .... that his/her iPad ... WILL BE STOLEN. (So, watch it at all times).
on June 20,2013 | 12:52PM
HOSSANA wrote:
It is attributed that Einstein said the following: "i fear the day when technology will surpass all human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots." How many of these students will have the discipline to LEARN....do independent research in library, know about footnotes, bibliography, know how to write, spelling, ........with the press of a button, info will be readily accessed but these students will be illiterate that they won't know how to talk or write or speak or spell.....that incl. math where technology will do everything except teach these students about math, reading, writing etc....GET THE DRIFT.....where will the kids learn the basics first....and just how many of these kids will retain possession of these ipads and not have it stolen or sold...won't that be more costly in the long run....
on June 20,2013 | 09:23AM
ellemnop wrote:
According to ABC news, LA school district is paying $678 per ipad. Didn't this school district lay off thousands of teachers and increase class size? It also states that 80% of the district's students qualify for free and/or reduced priced meals. Just wondering how many of these students are "legal"? As a taxpayer you don't mind helping your own, but when others enter our country and get everything for free (welfare, food stamps, medical, education, housing), it gets a little frustrating. I hope these ipads aren't just for the struggling students, but benefits all students.
on June 20,2013 | 09:57AM
busterb wrote:
Pretty amazing numbers for a school district that should have everything solved because they have lotteries huh? Why didn't the lottery fix the Cal school system like promised?
on June 20,2013 | 10:19AM
rayhawaii wrote:
Apple, you have any donations for Maili Elementary School? Sure could use some donated iPads. Start with 1st graders would be really nice.
on June 20,2013 | 10:37AM
juscasting wrote:
If I ever win the MegaBucks or Lottery, I will donate them! Now, that I said this I hope this brings me luck next month.
on June 20,2013 | 12:05PM
cwo4usn1 wrote:
Only in California - State is broke and will depend on Fed (read tax payer dollars) to bail them out. Cities are broke and will depend on Fed (read tax payer dollars) to bail them out. LA closed approx 57 schools due to lack of funding. Wonder who gets the kickback. How much crack, oxy, meth, etc. can you get for an iPad?
on June 20,2013 | 12:22PM
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