From The Daily Tech:
The Unified School District in San
Diego, California is receiving nearly 26,000 iPads as soon as this fall.
The school district's commitment has been labeled the largest iPad
deployment in K-12 schools in the United States.
The students will likely be
using iBooks, which is an application that provides students with textbooks on the
iPad as well as new study options like note-taking. Students can
also use this app as well as others for writing and math without having
to carry several heavy books to class. Overall, iBooks offers a more
interactive learning experience that the district hopes will engage
They will be using them in 5th and 8th grades and some high school classes, about 340 classrooms.
How did they afford this?
The answer is Proposition S
funding, which was passed in 2008 and offered money for classroom
iPad was purchased at $370 a piece (sic).
FYI, that per iPad cost is only $30 less than retail.
It is unclear if there was any teacher input on this idea. I think the district believes it will save money on books as well as make use of many applications.
Good idea or was there a better use for $15M?