Apple has announced today that they’ve received approval from the Los Angeles Board of Education on a $30 million rollout of iPads to the nation’s 2nd largest school district.
The iPad rollout in the LA Unified School District will start this fall and will bring iPads to every student across the district’s 47 campuses. Here’s a little details on the apps that will be used on the iPads and a great quite on the reasons why the iPad was selected:
“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.”
Apple will provide iPads that include the Pearson Common Core System of Courses delivered via a new app as part of the integrated solution. Apps such as iWork®, iLife® and iTunes®, in addition to a range of educational third-party apps are also included.
Good to see that the LA Board of Education missed the (Microsoft) memo about the iPad being only for consumption and can somehow get by without Powerpoint.