Wow. More details have come out this week on the massive iPad rollout by the Los Angeles Unified School District. The country’s 2nd largest school district will get free iPads in the hands of 31,000 of its students this school year.
And that’s just the beginning of their huge iPad program. As CiteWorld reports, the plans are to rollout iPads to all of the 640,000 students in the Los Angeles Unified School District by late in 2014.
Here are some of the impressive details about this iPad rollout:
— Phase One will get iPads to students in elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools – and it is targeting kids who likely do not have their own computers right now.
— The school district is stressing the importance of preparing their students for using the technology they’ll need to be comfortable with when they graduate.
— Each student will get their own iPad that’s pre-loaded with educational apps. Another part of the project will bring digital textbooks to the students’ iPads through a deal with a major educational publisher (which will also save the district money when compared to printed textbooks).
Mark Hovatter, the chief facilities executive for the LAUSD, spoke to CiteWorld on how the iPad will make education more interactive for students:
Using the iPads, students and their teachers can better plan and synchronize scheduling, share reference videos and news events, use interactive lessons, and conduct digital reading tests that can be adjusted based on each student’s performance and reading levels.
Apple and the iPad were chosen after the school district’s team of 30 people reviewed proposals from a number of vendors,and considered ‘every angle of the project, from security to device ruggedness to networking and more’.
It’s great to see the iPad continuing to gain momentum in education. I’ve seen the positive impact of the iPad firsthand with my daughter and in her elementary school, and talked to a number of educators who sing its praises.
I imagine we will see many more school districts large and small doing similar iPad rollouts in the next few years.