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06-19-2013, 09:29 AM #1
Apple Secures Huge iPad Contract with L.A. school District
On Tuesday, MMi reported that Microsoft is ramping up its competitive aims in the education market by slashing the price of its Surface RT tablet to just $199 for schools and colleges.
Apple's iPad, however, still remains the top dog in academia. And that much was apparent once again on Wednesday morning. The L.A. Times is reporting that the Los Angeles school board has just authorized a $30-million-dollar deal with Apple to procure iPads for students.
The goal, the school board said, is to provide every student with an iPad in the nation's second-largest school system.
Apple officially won the $30-million contract Tuesday when the Board of Education voted 6 to 0 to approve the contract after testimony from senior staff pointed to Apple's product "as both the best in quality and the least expensive option that met the district's specifications."
"This is one of the most high-profile contracts this board will ever approve, board member Steve Zimmer said, adding that this contract is as big as they come.
Source: L.A. Times
06-19-2013, 09:43 AM #2
06-19-2013, 09:45 AM #3
I feel like the iPad is the better choice for Elementary School-Junior High because of the vast learning apps it has. But for High School-College level I think students would get more from the Surface because it has Word, Excel, and PP; and it works more like a computer. Funny though that the board went 6-0 in favor of the iPad!
*I think the article should specify that Microsoft is not offering the Surface RT to individual students at that price, only to the institutions.*
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06-19-2013, 10:17 AM #4
Not a bad idea at all. Text book prices are about equal. The only issue is maintenance.
06-19-2013, 10:56 AM #5
06-19-2013, 11:17 AM #6
yeeeeeeeesssss, i live in LA
06-19-2013, 11:41 AM #7
iPad with the free LogMeIn app and a $10 Smart Office 2 app should do the trick. If not, there's Pages, Numbers and Keynote for $10 each.
06-19-2013, 11:44 AM #8
06-19-2013, 11:59 AM #9
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06-19-2013, 12:44 PM #10
This is idiotic...books last much longer. They use no electricity to charge them. If teachers want to teach they will teach if they got a book or just a notepad. If students want to learn then they will learn. IT'S AMAZING WE MADE IT THIS FAR. I mean what ever did Benjamin Franklin do without an iPad? What Einstein do without an iPad? How did these people learn? How in the world did Steve Jobs make an iPad without an iPad?!? Oh man....maybe if I had an iPad I would know the answer to these questions....it would be different if this country wasn't 16 trillon dollars in debt...oh well **** it buy me one too
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06-19-2013, 12:46 PM #11
06-19-2013, 01:03 PM #12
I would have to agree with steve-z17 on that thought. I don't even use my iPad at this time as it is too limited. I'd rather grab my MBP and just get it done. I wish I was still in school..all we ever had was 10 year old books with missing pages. These kids should be very appreciative of this gift.
06-20-2013, 07:14 AM #13