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.