by Brent Dirks
June 19, 2013
Apple has just announced that the Los Angeles Unified School District recently approved a huge iPad program. The country’s second-largest public school district will purchase $30 million of tablets for the first phase of a rollout starting this fall. The iPads will include the Pearson Common Core System of Courses via a new app as part of the solution. Along with the usual iWork (Pages, Keynote, Numbers) and iLife (iMovie, iPhoto, GarageBand) apps, a number of third-party education titles will also be included on the tablets.
“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.”As part of the plan, every student in the district will have an iPad by 2014.
“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.”