By 2014, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) plans
to put 640,000
) into the hands of its students. A $30-million deal agreed upon by
Apple and the LAUSD this June will provide 31,000 iPads this year,
though further funds will be necessary for the additional 609,000
tablets to be rolled out.
The devices will come preloaded with
) Common Core System of Courses designed to teach students math,
reading, and writing skills necessary to compete globally, and to
allow teachers to assess their pupils' performances. Apple's iWork,
which features Pages, Keynote, and Numbers, and iLife suite, which
features iMovie, iPhoto, and Garageband, will also be installed on
Los Angeles, meanwhile, is not the only area where Apple's devices
are being provided to students. Since 2002, the Maine Learning
Technology Initiative has provided seventh-grade and eighth-grade
students with MacBooks for use in and out of the classroom.
Teachers from seventh through 12th grade have also received Macs.
This April, Apple faced contention as Maine Governor Paul LePage
put his support behind the use of devices that run on
), due to the operating system's greater presence in the workplace.
Ultimately, however, with school districts given a choice between
Apple computers and tablets or
) devices, the
reported on June 14
that only 5,500 of the 70,000 eligible Maine students would receive
Windows-based HP ProBooks, with the rest receiving Macs.
From an expenses perspective, the transition to tech in the
classroom can ultimately be a money-saving move. In 2012, Dan
Brenner, the superintendent of the Roslyn Public Schools in Long
that with iPads in just two classrooms, the school district would
save $7,200 per year in textbook and other costs.
"We are talking about changing the way we do business in the
classroom," said Brenner.
As far as learning is concerned, the debate over whether tablets
and laptops in the classroom serve to foster or hinder education
rages on. But for companies like Apple, Microsoft, and HP -- as
well as other school suppliers, like
(OTCMKTS:LNVGY) -- just being in the classroom is a win.
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