The students across the nation are seeking resources of any kind to help get them through the average school day. Too many schools report that their teachers are footing the bill for basic supplies in their classrooms.
But now Apple Inc. has won a $30 million contract that will “pave the way” for the company to provide all the students in the Los Angeles Unified School District with an iPad, according to the L.A. Times. The school board voted 6 to 0 to “authorize the purchase of the devices.”
The school district will be paying $678 per tablet, but all of the devices will include preloaded educational software. They will begin issuing the iPads to 47 schools in the district. In addition to the contract, the school district has made a commitment to spending hundreds of millions of dollars with the technology behemoth. The theory is that since “new state and national tests will be taken on computers” the L.A. school district officials are making an effort to leave no child, technologically, behind.
Where is all of this money coming from because Michigan, and other struggling states needs to get the memo on how these type of resources can be funneled through their schools. Wow! In 2012, AdoptaClassroom.org took a survey of “public, private and charter schools” teachers that showed that 91 percent of our teachers are providing resources that “ranged from food and snacks, to personal care items like toothbrushes and soap” which exhibits the social issues that teachers tackle in their classrooms as well.
Hats off to the teachers! Read more here.