Schools Consider the Merits of iPads Versus Other Devices

As reported in The Atlantic, schools nationwide are considering whether the iPad really the best device for interactive learning following about four years since Apple released an iPad for school use.

iPads have so far been a gadget of choice at both ends of the economic spectrum: in wealthier schools with ample resources and demand from parents, and in low-income schools that receive federal grants to improve student success rates. Last fall, enthusiasm for the Apple device peaked when Los Angeles Unified Schools, the second largest system in the nation, began a rollout out of iPads to every student.

However, the L.A. district quickly recalled about 2,100 iPads from students. At the end of the school year, leaders announced that schools would instead be allowed to choose from among six different devices, including Chromebooks and hybrid laptop-tablets. L.A. schools weren’t the first to falter: At the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, Guilford County Schools in North Carolina halted an Amplify tablet program, and Fort Bend, Texas, cancelled its iPad initiative.

For more information, see the full story from The Atlantic and our previous posts on Conduit Street, describing the $100M estimate for technology improvements for local school systems to administer PARCC student assessments.