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San Diego school system buys almost 26,000 iPads

updated 09:54 am EDT, Tue June 26, 2012

Deal will cost city $15 million

San Diego's Unified School District has bought almost 26,000 iPads from Apple to distribute to 340 classrooms this fall, says 10 News. The purchase is coming through a voter-sanctioned funding program, Proposition S, which allocates money toward modern technology in local schools. The District's deal will cost it about $15 million, although it is saving some money by opting for the $399 iPad 2, on top of which it is getting an educational discount bringing the price of each tablet down to about $370.

What apps the students will use is unclear, though the targeted classrooms include ones at the fifth- and eighth-grade levels, plus some in high schools. Any number of third-party educational apps are available, though the District could also be planning to use digital textbooks available through Apple's iBooks 2, or the iTunes U course software.

The deal is one of the largest educational iPad buys to date, but not the first for the San Diego school system. During a quarterly results call in April, Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer noted that the District had already bought 10,000 iPads, and was planning to pick up at least 15,000 more. The 26,000 figure is in fact the sum total of the District's 2012 purchases.




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  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Uh...

    That comes out to 76 per classroom. Are their class sizes that large?

  1. DeltaMac

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    re: Uh...

    No, I would suspect that the 340 rooms is inaccurate.
    A different article says the iPads are meant mostly for grades 5 to 8, with some high school use.
    SD school district has more than 200 school buildings.
    The district has more than 37,000 students in grades 5 to 8 alone. (total students more than 130,000
    Looks like about 170 different schools with some mix of grades 5 to 8

    So, even if ALL the iPads are used only with 5-8, there's not enough for all.
    I will guess they will be for technology carts, and used out of technology classrooms, which typically would have classes rotating through the day. That would only average 2 rooms per school, if one considers only rooms for the grades 5 through 8 (and ignoring the 28 high schools and other schools in that district that would also be getting some of those iPads.)
    So - another direction, if you put those iPads in 30-count carts, that's about 7 carts per school - again, not considering the high schools there...
    So, those iPads would be spread pretty thin, I think....

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    I wouldn't be surprised...


    What apps the students will use is unclear, though the targeted classrooms include ones at the fifth- and eighth-grade levels, plus some in high schools. Any number of third-party educational apps are available, though the District could also be planning to use digital textbooks available through Apple's iBooks 2, or the iTunes U course software.


    I wouldn't be surprised if these people had no clue what they're planning on doing those things.

    And can't believe they cheapened out with the low-end models!

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