Broadacres is one of 47 schools set to distribute iPads over the next few weeks. The devices for these schools will cost about $30 million. Supplying tablets for the entire district, about 650,000 students, will cost about $500 million. Upgrading schools to a campuswide wireless system will cost another $500 million.
What really made me rage was this:L.A. Unified is paying $678 per device -- higher than tablets cost in stores -- with pre-loaded educational software. They also come with a sturdy case and a three-year warranty. The devices will be paid through voter-approved school construction bonds.
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So now some smug, technologically illiterate school administrators can feel good about themselves because they are promoting computer literacy among the young and preparing them for future jobs. By providing the kids with what are essentially expensive toys and teaching them to tap an icon to take a picture, open a web browser, or play a game. I'm sure employers are thrilled at the prospect of how much more creative and productive their future workers will be because of this."The most important thing is to try to prepare the kids for the technology they are going to face when they are going to graduate," said Hovatter. "This is phase one, a mix of high school, middle school, and elementary students. We're targeting kids who most likely don't have their own computers or laptops or iPads. Their only exposure to computers now is going to be in their schools."
If the goal was electronic textbooks, something like a Kindle Fire at 1/4 the cost would have been far more effective and efficient.
If the goal was to teach technology and prepare the kids for hi-tech occupations, why was something like the Raspberry Pi not considered? You know, actually teach electronics, computer programming, etc.