Apple Scores $30 Million iPad Contract from L.A. Unified School District [Updated]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Though Microsoft has been making a strong push to disrupt Apple's foothold in the education market by offering K-12 schools its Surface tablets at the low price of $199, its pricing incentives didn't have an effect on the Los Angeles Unified School District, reports AllThingsD.

    On Tuesday night, the school board voted to spend $30 million on Apple iPads, which will see the company equipping every student in 47 of the district's schools with a tablet.
    According to the LA Times, the district did test runs with multiple devices and the iPad "received the highest scoring by the students and the teachers." Winning a contract with the Los Angeles Unified School District is a major boon for Apple, as the district is the second largest school system in the United States and could influence other districts to follow in its footsteps.

    Apple has long had a heavy focus on the educational market, which ramped up with the introduction of the iPad in 2010. Apple offers discounts across its product lineup for students and earlier this year, it was reported that the company had sold more than 8 million iPads to educational institutions around the world.

    In February, Apple also met with the Turkish President to further discuss another huge educational deal that would see the country purchasing more than $4.5 billion worth of Apple products.

    Update: Apple has issued a press release about the deal with the LA Unified School District.
    Article Link: Apple Scores $30 Million iPad Contract from L.A. Unified School District [Updated]
  2. macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2012
    This is pretty cool for devs if they are allowed to make other app purchases. :)
  3. Daws001 macrumors 6502


    Jul 27, 2011
    The States
    How does that work? Are iPads loaned out to kids like textbooks?
  4. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    I'm surprised that they can afford paper let alone iPads with the fiscal shape they are in. I wonder if Apple took an IOU :D.
  5. Ingot macrumors 6502


    Mar 24, 2010
    Now I really enjoy the 3 year warranty and the preloaded software. As the fake IT guy in my school, this would save me a fair bit of work. Going to forward this story to my bosses and get them to make the switch from HP minis to this. Far more useful.
  6. Ryth macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2011
    Yep. Some schools allow the children to take them home. Other schools only allow the iPads to stay in the classroom.

    I think the later is better. Too much risk in being robbed/assaulted if you allow kids to take these home.
  7. Ingot macrumors 6502


    Mar 24, 2010
    Probably not. They are kept at school. When a teachers wants to use them in the class, they are all there ready to go without having to worry about going through the trouble of having to book them out ahead of time, retrieving them for the time they are needed, and then finding out some other class has taken them which means wasting time tracking them down and getting them into the hands of the students. One per child, kept in the classroom.
  8. chumawumba macrumors 6502


    Aug 9, 2012
    Ask the NSA
    Now if only someone would make Configurator usable.
  9. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    I have always been suspect that "more computers" = "better education." But I think that's finally changing.

    When I was a kid computers in school mostly just taught you how to use a computer. Anything more than that was stymied by the fact that:

    1) They were too expensive for everyone to have their own.
    2) The software available wasn't very robust, often just offering a single use.
    3) When you were using a large PC or Mac screen you're generally not able to pay attention to anything else, like a lecture.

    The iPad has gotten past all of these issues and are poised to be, not computers in a classroom, but rather textbook and note-pad replacements.

    In light of all this I am much more interested in stories like this now than I was back in 1995.

    I think this is a good move and an example of needing to 'wait for the right tech,' which is exactly how the iPad came into being in the first place.
  10. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Well if the students rated the thing, of course cost didn't factor in. In not at all surprised that students rated the iPad higher. For one, the majority of them were already familiar with the OS. Of course, there has long been the Apple cool factor with young people as well. I also wouldn't doubt that the preloaded software blew the MS tablets away.

    But anyway, in truly left wondering how LAUSD could justify this expense. Does this someone come out to be cheaper than books (or other supplies these tablets may replace)? I ask because they are hurting badly for money.
  11. tazz3 macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2013
  12. AT06 macrumors 6502


    Dec 30, 2012
    Winwick, UK
    The iPad can be an amazing tool in education, especially for those who have difficulties learning, or learning in the 'traditional' ways. Interactive textbooks, flash cards, reductions in paper, better communication between students outside of school - there are so many reasons for tablets in schools. This kind of innovation is exactly what schools need - a new way of making learning more engaging.
  13. crackbookpro macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2009
    Om nom nom nom
  14. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    I talked to a teacher who was involved in a pilot program. I went well.

    One thing to remember is the text books can go on the iPad now. Those books are very expensive, more expensive than an iPad. Also you no longer need so much paper handouts and tests can be graded faster freeing a teacher for more productive work.

    We will just have to wait and see about breakage and theft. Likely it will be no worse than with textbooks

    This is NOT a lot of money. Assuming a three year lifetime for the iPad it is just $100 per semester per kid. If they last 5 years on average then the price is less. and there will be some re-sale value left. They will be able to sell off used iPads at $100 each. The cost will be made up for partly by the savings in text books
  15. luckysob macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2011
    LAUSD has a $7B annual operating budget. Carving out a little to demo this program really won't be missed at the end of the day.

    Note: LAUSD’s overall budget rises to nearly $12 billion when you include capital programs.
  16. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    Isn't it illegal for companies to almost "give away" their goods to grab a foothold in companies and organizations?

    I remember when Apple was starting loose a lot of share in education (the 90's) because Dell and MS were essentially giving away their goods to education institutes... :eek:
  17. Cisco_Kid macrumors 6502


    Apr 24, 2005
    British Columbia
    Back when I was a kid we used to walk uphill to school both ways, in the dark while it was snowing.

    blah blah blah.... ;)

    Computer penetration/integration is huge in Canada, our educational statistics prove it's a good thing.

  18. reden macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2006
    My niece went to a school where they loaned her and all the other students an iPad for the whole year. It all depends on the school, and the policies they've put in place.
  19. iMikeT macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006
  20. solamar macrumors regular

    Dec 30, 2008
    I suspect Microsoft hoped to win based on MS Office alone.. Those $199 Surface are the RT version.. not nearly as useful... Plus, Microsoft doesn't have the book publishing side, or the intuitive applications developed for learning on the RT edition.

    Apple has that.. and if the school needs something, you can literally just make it in iBooks, publish it to the kids or use iTunes U.. which is also geared toward schools and on-line learning..

    Apple just had way to many benefits when it came to choice.. ironic when you hear it's a closed system .. ROFL!
  21. donutbagel macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2013
    "Though Microsoft has been making a strong push to disrupt Apple's foothold in the education market by offering K-12 schools its Surface tablets at the low price of $199, its pricing incentives didn't have an effect on the Los Angeles Unified School District, reports AllThingsD."

    Duh. LAUSD doesn't care how much anything costs :p
    It's like Santa Monica College. They have brand new high-end iMacs to do the job that low-end 2007 iMacs could do easily.

    Though even iPads instead of textbooks could be cheaper and better than textbooks as long as the teachers actually know how to use them.
  22. MacDaddy15 macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2013
    Ipads in schools

    As a H.S. teacher, I support this. However, the problem is that most teachers are not ready to go in terms of training/support. In fact the training that is available is not that great. Teacher grad programs are still behind the learning curve as well. At best, those in education are looking at blended learning as well as online learning. My district just installed wi-fi and it is still full of bugs. The IT guys cannot handle the increased workload as well. I suggested to our superintendent that they hire a couple more IT guys and he just stared at me in ignorance. Moreover, the textbook publishing companies, with the exception of Pearson, are not blended learning friendly. Now that Common Core is coming in (nation-wide), textbooks will have to be rewritten. That is, after all of the core subject areas are finalized (social science has yet to be reviewed). The idea of blended/online learning started in colleges/universities and now is being pushed on k-12. Finally, issues of theft/repair will come into play. This year in San Diego two schools had Ipads stolen. Once Ipads start appearing in schools, it won't be long before more thefts occur and these Ipads find their way to the swap meets. :)
  23. fiveainone macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2011
    I'm so enjoying MS failing with everything they do right now. For all those frustrating times we had to put up with in the MS days.
  24. JAT macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    That district in Oklahoma or wherever that was first to do this a couple years ago is saying, "Hey, don't we matter, anymore?"
  25. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    My school district spends $800 / student, which my understanding is lower than the national average. Spending $678 / student for iPads, if it means not buying textbooks, notebooks, and other office supplies, doesn't seem like a bad choice... But I guess I'd have to see their actual numbers and see how much they'll actually be saving.

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