Nearly 50,000 Students in Glasgow, Scotland to Receive Free iPads to Assist With Education


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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

Nearly 50,000 students in Glasgow, Scotland will receive free iPads to assist with their education, as part of a seven-year £300 million agreement between Glasgow City Council and Canadian IT firm CGI, according to the BBC.

As part of the deal, every student in academic year P6 to S6 will receive their own iPad to keep for school use, while younger students in academic years P1 through P5 will have shared access to an iPad. A total of 47,000 iPads will be handed out to students by 2021, and 4,900 teachers will also receive one.

The initiative will also include the installation of Wi-Fi in every classroom and faster internet connections overall.

The report notes that all of the iPads will be tracked and managed by the Glasgow City Council, which can lock or erase the devices remotely, while social media platforms and inappropriate websites will be blocked. The initiative has already been tested at a number of schools across Glasgow.

"This is the biggest Apple education initiative in Europe and I'm delighted that Glasgow is once again leading the way in innovative practices," said Glasgow councillor Chris Cunningham, according to STV News.

Article Link: Nearly 50,000 Students in Glasgow, Scotland to Receive Free iPads to Assist With Education


macrumors 65816
Feb 1, 2014
From the article:

"The rollout, which is aimed to encourage children to embrace the digital age, is the biggest Apple education project in Europe."

Did children really need any encouragement to embrace the digital age? They were born into it. That's like saying people need encouragement to embrace dish washers.


Nov 6, 2017
Check out this article.
Psychology today? Nope.
Those students are being tricked into being tracked. For sure they have MDM enabled so the city/school can track then in and outside of school time.
Tracked in what way?

Please demonstrate a way in which they are being "tracked" that they are not already being tracked. Because I guarantee you, they are already being tracked in every way that counts.


macrumors 6502
Mar 16, 2019
Hillsboro, OR
If you didn't pay for it, youre the product
Well they did pay for it; it's a 300 million pound contract.
The iPad is a tool for teaching but it should only be a part of learning.

Too often schools rely on computers to do the teaching.
Teachers in the US don't teach, for the most part; they present information. Many kids learn despite the school system, not because of it.

Teaching the way it should be isn't scalable enough for mass consumption...although with AI it might be possible. But right now there's no money in it.


macrumors 65816
Nov 16, 2017
Good lord you people are miserable... 50,000 free iPads and you people are finding negatives lol

Get a grip.
The iPad is a tool for teaching but it should only be a part of learning.

Too often schools rely on computers to do the teaching.
Evidence for this? Too often it is the parents who substitute the iPad for being a parent and their child's learning/development. Can't say I know many teachers who prefer the new tech over the stuff they have always used in the past.


macrumors 68000
Dec 8, 2008
For those who mention the school already knows where students live, please see this:
And this is the first one I found when I did a search. There are many others. This can be abused.

For those who suggest that students can simply turn the device off at home--
(a) how likely is that?
(b) it may not be an option if they receive homework assignments that need to be done with the help of the iPad.

As to Apple's part in this, the article doesn't say anything about whether Apple has done anything here, other than sell the iPads to whoever is providing them.


macrumors 68020
Mar 23, 2012
Can’t say I care too much. Many schools in the US have moved on past iPads. Lots of failures. Lots of blame. Much of it apple’s problem.

I’d rather see PCs or macs in my kids schools to be honest. But sadly chromebooks rule.


macrumors 68020
Jan 6, 2015
Wow, Apple gave nearly 50,000 free iPads.
Right in the summary, it's part of a $300 million deal, that's $6000 per iPad. Presumably (hopefully), that money is paying for more than just the iPads, but it's pretty clear Apple is only involved in the sense that someone is buying hardware from Apple and then making insane profits off tax dollars.

Also fwiw, I'm Canadian and very familiar with CGI. They're huge and I've had a few friends who worked for them. They are vile scum, if they're involved it's safe to assume they're massive corruption and kickbacks going on.