LA Unified School District Takes iPads Back from Students
Shortly after halting home use of the devices, some of the Los Angeles schools that have already issued Apple’s iPad to students are taking the tablets back “until further notice.” Officials from the Los Angeles Unified School District have begun repossessing iPads from students in at least two area schools following last week’s revelation
that some students have bypassed security restrictions on Apple’s tablets, according to the Los Angeles Times.
For their part, students who were told to not take the devices home appear to have ignored the order as well. A teacher from Roosevelt High School in the East Side neighborhood of Boyle Heights said that only around two-thirds of the more than 2,000 iPads issued were turned in. There was no word from the district on when the devices, issued to students at some 47 schools as part of the initial rollout of Los Angeles’ $30 million plan to outfit every public school student in the city with an iPad, would make their way back to the classroom.
Lisa Avila, coordinator for academic services to low-income students at Roosevelt, said that teachers currently “don’t know when or if we will be able to use the iPads again for classroom instruction – this week, this semester or this year.”
District officials previously said that the iPads would remain available for use at school, with only home use of the devices being restricted. A spokesman for the school district reiterated that goal in a statement recently saying the district is “working with Apple” to develop a solution and that “in the meantime, our team is working with each school to assist them with options for allowing students to use the devices at their school only.”
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Source: Los Angeles Times