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Boston Globe to use reader donations to bring iPads to schools in Massachusetts

by Doug Drinkwater

January 23 2013

The Boston Globe is handing out 75 iPads to local schools, but could buy more in future
The Boston Globe is handing out 75 iPads to local schools, but could buy more in future

The Boston Globe newspaper is ramping up its “Newspaper in Education” program by loading up iPads with digital subscriptions to BostonGlobe.com and giving these to some schools in Massachusetts.

The pilot program is to use $65,000 of vacation donations from Globe subscribers to buy 75 iPads and projectors, with 50 of these going to Boston Public Schools and the other 25 to be provided to Stoneham High School.

Teachers being faced with these new iPads will be given an onsite tutorial on how to use the tablet, with The Boston Globe aiming to run this program through to the spring semester. The long term future of the project will then be evaluated by teacher focus groups and could then spread to additional schools.

"We believe that digital kids turn into digital adults, to put it simply," said Robert Saurer, the Boston Globe's director of customer experience and innovation, when announcing the news.

"We want to provide easy, portable access not only to our content, but to the greater world of content on the Web — deployed in the classroom daily, streamed live, as the kids are learning."

The newspaper, which will evaluate if projectors are good value for money or if they could need iPads, is also available on Apple’s Newsstand with a new digital version of the paper delivered to users each day.

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