LA to give every student an iPad; $30M order

Jun 19, 2013 by Peter Svensson

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 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 , changing the textbook market was a pet project of Apple co-founder , even in the last year of his life. At a dinner in early 2011, Jobs told News Corp. Chairman 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 .

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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1.8 / 5 (10) Jun 19, 2013
Good idea.

Every student should check them out at the first day of school and turn them back in when they're done with them. ;)
2.3 / 5 (12) Jun 19, 2013
Perhaps, if the term started at Christmas...
1.9 / 5 (13) Jun 20, 2013
Kalifornia's BROKE, and it's programs like this one that are shoving it closer to the cliff.
1.4 / 5 (9) Jun 20, 2013
Nice. Get the tax payers' money to hand candies to the kids!
4.5 / 5 (2) Jun 20, 2013
When I was in school if you got a textbook that wasn't damaged in some way you were lucky. Between vandalism and neglect many needed replacing yearly. I hope they have an adequate system for assigning responsibility for these assets.
1 / 5 (9) Jun 20, 2013
What the hell. They're already almost $170 BILLION in debt. What's another $30 mil every year? All ya have to do, see, is raise taxes another notch on rich people! Plenty of those in CA, right? Uh... wait...
3 / 5 (4) Jun 20, 2013
LA isn't 170 billion in debt, and neither is the entire state of California.
Like all Conservatives, JScroft is a congenital liar.

According to this Republican Debt clock, California is over 400 billion in debt....


Oh, wait... It's 872 billion according to This Republican Publication


In their debt calculations the above Republican group includes projected reductions in anticipated taxes.

Oh wait... According to this Conservative mouthpiece California's debt is 1.1 Trillion..


And on this Republican Blog The California debt tops out at 4 trillion...

Lying Filth
1.7 / 5 (12) Jun 20, 2013
I meant CA, and the exact number doesn't really change the argument much, does it? Either way, it's BIG. You know. Like your mom's basement, right Scott?
4.2 / 5 (5) Jun 22, 2013
"I meant CA, and the exact number doesn't really change the argument much, does it? " - JSCroft.

Ya, it does actually.

And it shows the incredible dishonesty of the Republican movement when they clim that currently unfunded future liabilities are "debt", when in fact they are nothing of the kind.

It's like the dishonesty of Republicans forcing the U.S. post office to fund it's future liabilities over 1 year and then using the resulting massive debt that they caused to criticize the U.S. postal service.

Republicans destroy everything they get their hands on, either though malice or incompetence.

1 / 5 (10) Jun 23, 2013
How many are they going to have to replace every year because some dumb teen thought it would be funny to etch a penis onto the screen? Now instead of replacing $100-$200 books every so often, they have to fund a huge IT team that will deal with these things, still pay for the e-books through good 'ol gouging Pearson, plus spend money to replace the penisPads. Sounds brilliant.
1.4 / 5 (10) Jun 23, 2013
Personally I find it much harder to absorb knowledge from a computer screen than from printed matter. Has there been any testing done to prove if real books are a better tool?
1 / 5 (9) Jul 03, 2013
As long as somebody else is paying for it, who cares?
1 / 5 (9) Jul 04, 2013
Having contracts with school systems for the apple2 computer is about the only thing that kept them in business for a few years. Even after all the other small home computers surpassed them in capability and quality. Doing it again only makes good business sense for them as even though the initial contract is only 30 mil it will grow rapidly as repair and replacement costs are added in every year. This fits right in with Itunes where they make most of their money to begin with. The iphone is lucrative for them but not like Itunes is.
2.3 / 5 (12) Jul 05, 2013
But will it run Edubuntu?

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