First L.A. Unified School Gets iPads in $1-Billion Effort

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CARSON, Calif. — An elementary school in Carson on Tuesday became a pioneer in a $1-billion effort to provide iPads to every student in the Los Angeles Unified School District.


Tiannah Dizadare works with school mate Avery Sheppard exploring the possibilities with their new LAUSD provided iPads. (credit: LA Times)

Broadacres Elementary School handed out the Apple tablet computers ahead of most campuses in the nation’s second-largest system. The idea is to work out the kinks before other schools and hundreds of other students receive the devices.

Broadacres is one of 47 schools set to distribute iPads over the next few weeks. The devices for these schools will cost about $30 million. Supplying tablets for the entire district, about 650,000 students, will cost about $500 million. Upgrading schools to a campuswide wireless system will cost another $500 million.

Parents at Broadacres said they heard about the iPads from their excited children, who came home with forms to sign about taking responsibility for the tablets and using them appropriately.

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