Apple nabs $30m iPad deal for 47 schools

Apple nabs $30m iPad deal for 47 schools

Summary: Apple seals what could be the beginning of a very, very large iPad deal.

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Microsoft may have slashed Surface prices for students, but students at 47 schools in Los Angeles will be getting Apple's iPad instead.

The LA Unified School District board voted unanimously to lock in a $30m single-supplier contract with Apple to roll out iPads at 47 K-12 schools from this August.

The iPad rollout is the first phase of a project that could see the schools spend hundreds of millions of dollars with Apple over the next two years, according to the LA Times.

The schools have allocated $50m to the first phase of the rollout which includes the devices, storage cards, charging stations, infrastructure, monitoring and mobile device management systems. 

The district will pay $678 per device, which is more than what the devices cost in stores, but it will also include iWork and iLife. Apple will also provide a new app that includes the Pearson Common Core System of Courses. 

Although it's a massive contract for Apple, the 47 schools represent a fraction of the 900 in the LA Unified Schools District (LAUSD) at which 640,000 students are enrolled. It is the second largest school district in the US.

According to Jaime Aquino, LAUSD Deputy Superintendent of Instruction, the plan is to equip every one of its students with a device by 2014.

"When completed, the LAUSD will become the largest district in the nation to provide each of its students with the technology," said Aquino.

The district's staff will present an assessment of the first phase later this year before requesting full funding of the remaining phases. 

Not surprisingly, a Microsoft representative urged the board to avoid relying on one platform since that could prevent the schools from accessing future price reductions and innovations, the LA Times reported. 

Topics: iPad, Apple

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  • Apple nabs $30m iPad deal for 47 schools

    Kudos, Apple and the LA schools.

    “The tablet computer by Apple “received the highest scoring by the students and the teachers,” who took part in testing different devices, said Deputy Supt. Jaime Aquino.”

    www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lausd-chooses-ipads-for-pilot-20130618,0,6957151.story
    daikon
  • Corruption and incompetence

    "Bizarrely, with tablets priced at $678 apiece, $30 million only nets LA schools approximately 45,000 iPads, while the school district comprises 640,000 students."

    Even without the extremely serious financial discrepancies, the question is:

    CORRUPTION?
    INCOMPETENCE?

    Or both?

    Android indisputably provides better value for money. Surface is much more useful.

    There must now be a thorough investigation and people must be held accountable.

    This follows a familiar pattern of money wasted on ridiculous Apple deals and similar spurious arrangements:

    E.g. When schools buy iPads they gather dust unused on a shelf because existing tech is usually more suitable:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9681317/Schools-wasting-450m-a-year-on-useless-gadgets.html

    E.g. The local authority that spent £9000 ($15000) on an iPad -- for bin collectors:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2342045/120billion-money-drain-EVERY-year-The-astonishing-Whitehall-waste-send-British-family-annual-luxury-holiday.html
    Tim Acheson
    • Those links

      Sorry but they don't do much for your argument. The first doesn't even mention the iPad, only tablets. And then it doesn't criticize the decision to buy them, only that they are not implemented properly.
      The second link is not about buying iPads for education at all and the amount is trivial compared to the other noted wasted expenditures such as twice the amount for a magician.

      I don't think there is any question the iPad is the best tablet for education, better than Surface because of the amount of apps available and better than Android because of the lack of malware.
      rfoto
      • Are you serious?

        Your comments is dumb, hopefully you are not like that. In your words 'iPad is the best tablet for education because of amount of apps'. Is that dumb or what?
        1st, how many apps does kids need for education? Can you read what software will included? i-word and the industrial leading MS Office (which they will end up using in real world is ignored).
        2, how do you work out iPad is better than Surface? You forget this not about Surface, there other products like Google Nexus and the incredible Galaxy Notes 2 etc.
        3, if you pay tax, is this best way of spending your tax? $678 when better suited Surface RT cost $499, Nexus $400, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 cost $300. All these products are more than capable of out performing or equating ipad in almost everything.
        4, what apps kids need for education other than email, internet browser, Office suite and calculator?
        jonnybr
        • Funny dumb!

          There are literally thousands of education apps available for the iPad but just to give you an example, let's take music class. I'm going to guess there is nothing close to Garageband on Surface RT and forget about Android, it's just too "Open" for school use.
          rfoto
          • Keep guessing

            Like you said yourself, you're just guessing.

            To say the ipad is far and away THE CHOICE is just stupid. For start, you only consider apps in the appstore, not bespoke? How dumb is that? Even an ipad wouldn't help you.
            Little Old Man
          • Bespoke?

            That's probably the best reason for a educational body to choose a platform that has a single secure app store. Not a very bright suggestion.
            rfoto
    • Corruption + incompetent

      You can't explain such contract. Corruption written all over it!! $678 for an educational tablet when there are many extremely cheaper alternative!!! They need to voted these SOBs out! Insane!
      jonnybr
  • Cancel the contract

    An open letter to the school and those responsible for this embarrassing fiasco:

    YOU WILL NOT GET AWAY WITH THIS.

    FIND A WAY TO BACK OUT OF THIS CONTRACT WITH YOUR REPUTATION INTACT WHILE YOU STILL CAN.

    Usually instead of holding their hands up these types of people close ranks and feign sincerity. It's a dirty business. But sunlight is a good disinfectant.
    Tim Acheson
  • Microsoft giving FREE tablets to schools

    Meanwhile, Microsoft is giving away thousands of tablets to schools -- for free:

    http://www.geekwire.com/2013/microsoft-giving-10000-surfaces-teachers/

    Apple's corporate execs must think the folks at Microsoft are mugs, but those same execs in fact live in a malignant world in which all that matters are sales stats and profits to boast about and line their astronomical deep pockets.
    Tim Acheson
  • Microsoft giving FREE tablets to schools

    Meanwhile, Microsoft is giving away thousands of tablets to schools -- for free:

    http://www.geekwire.com/2013/microsoft-giving-10000-surfaces-teachers/

    Apple's corporate execs must think the folks at Microsoft are mugs, but those same execs in fact live in a malignant world in which all that matters are sales stats and profits to boast about and line their astronomical deep pockets.
    Tim Acheson
  • Apple's greed

    Meanwhile, Microsoft is giving away thousands of tablets to schools -- for free:

    http://www.geekwire.com/2013/microsoft-giving-10000-surfaces-teachers/

    Apple's corporate execs must think the folks at Microsoft are mugs, but those same execs in fact live in a malignant world in which all that matters are sales stats and profits to boast about and line their astronomical deep pockets.
    Tim Acheson
  • ZDNet journalism

    It concerns me that this article appears to be blindly relaying on an Apple PR story, without any sort of journalistic scrutiny.
    Tim Acheson
  • LA get what's they deserve.

    they vote in this school board scum

    most with a brain have already left CA.
    everss02