iPads for Everyone! (Everyone in the Los Angeles School District)

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The Los Angeles School District is the second largest in the whole country. They have 640,000 students.

This school year, 31,000 free iPads will be distributed (as phase 1), and plans are, by the end of 2014, all 640,000 students will have their own iPads.

These iPads will be loaded with educational apps and digital textbooks.

The District believes the iPads will improve education and will enable their students to become thoroughly comfortable with new technology by the time they graduate.

The chief facilities executive for the Los Angeles School District, Mark Hovatter, explained that today, workers in every field require computer skills:

We are making sure that everyone is able to take a test electronically. Even in construction, you can’t do those jobs now without having some familiarity with computers. Whatever jobs kids want to have, technology is likely involved. You’re just not going to be able to do well in society if you don’t have some experience.

You can read more about this project here.

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2 thoughts on “iPads for Everyone! (Everyone in the Los Angeles School District)

  1. This is a HUGE deal. We are going to have a large technology strand at our California Council for the Social Studies conference in March, which will be held in Los Angeles. All of this technology relates back to the adoption of the Common Core Standards, and the fact that testing is starting.

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