L.A. school district confirms iPads are coming to all 640,000 students

by TabTimes Staff

July 26 2013

That mammoth iPad roll-out to students in the Los Angeles Unified School District just got a whole lot bigger, with the district confirming that Apple tablets will come to all 640,000 students by 2014.

Mark Hovatter, the chief facilities executive for the LAUSD, broke the news to CITEworld.

The deployment, which was announced last month, initially cost $30 million and was initially set to bring iPads to 31,000 students in 2013.

"The most important thing is to try to prepare the kids for the technology they are going to face when they are going to graduate," said Hovatter.

"This is phase one, a mix of high school, middle school, and elementary students. We're targeting kids who most likely don't have their own computers or laptops or iPads. Their only exposure to computers now is going to be in their schools."

The roll-out is currently in the ‘first phase’, which sees the iPad coming to 49 of the district’s 1,124 K-12 schools. All iPads will come pre-loaded with educational apps and other content.

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