640,000 K-12 Students in L.A. Will Have iPads By 2014
As MMi reported in June, the Los Angeles school board recently authorized a $30-million-dollar deal with Apple to procure iPads for students.
The goal, the school board said at the time, is to provide every student with an iPad in the nation's second-largest school system.
This week, new details regarding the program merged when confirmation was made that the program will begin this forthcoming school year. An estimated 31,000 students at approximately 50 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District will receive their iPads in the coming months.
By the start of the 2014 school year, the district is aiming to have 640,000 students equipped with iPad across 1,124 K-12 schools.
Electronic textbooks for this particular initiative will be provided by leading education publisher Pearson.
"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," says Mark Hovatter, the chief facilities executive for the LAUSD. "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."