Saturday, July 27th, 2013
After Los Angeles School Board of Education awarded Apple with a $30 million contract for iPads for students in late June, TheVerge.com reports that Apple will begin their rollout of the first phase of the program involving deployment of 31,000 tablets to students this fall. This massive rollout is the beginning of many which will provide all 640,000 Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) students with iPads by the end of 2014. The $30 million investment in iPads represents LAUSD’s commitment to provide each of their students with technology to support learning.
Apple will be shipping iPads to LAUSD loaded with educational curriculum designed to enhance instruction. iPads for students will include the Pearson Common Core System of Courses delivered via a new app as part of the integrated solution along with apps such as iWork®, iLife® and iTunes®. A range of educational third-party apps will also be included for LAUSD students.
“Education is in Apple’s DNA and we’re thrilled to work with Los Angeles Unified public schools on this major initiative as they plan to roll out iPads to every student across 47 campuses this fall,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Schools around the world have embraced the engaging and interactive quality of iPad with nearly 10 million iPads already in schools today.”
“The Board voted unanimously for Apple because iPad rated the best in quality, was the least expensive option and received the highest scoring by the review panel that included students and teachers,” said Jaime Aquino, LAUSD Deputy Superintendent of Instruction. “The vote is another step forward in the District’s plan to equip every one of its students with a device by 2014. When completed, the LAUSD will become the largest district in the nation to provide each of its students with the technology.”
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