- Posted May 1, 2014 by
Is The Ipad Program Right For LAUSD?
The Los Angeles Unified School District has embarked on an ambitious $1 billion plan to provide an ipad to every student and teacher. The ipads are intended to faciliate learning English and Math.
Proponents of the program believe that Ipad usage will be more flexible than traditional books since it can be upgraded and changed. Critics claim that the software is simply textbook formatted into digital form without sufficient interactive capabilities. Officials say that it will cost approximately $60 million per year in order to renew software licenses. Some believe that the money should rather be spent on improving the conditions of the schools themselves.
The money being used to fuel the program is being obtained from school construction bonds. Critics of the program feel that bonds should be used to buy property and build schools instead of a consumable product with a three year life span before license renewal. One of the issues that has sparked controversy is licensing. School officials believed that the software would be able to be used indefinitely but it turns out that there is a three year expiration period.
Hacking is another issue; some students were disappointed that they weren't able to surf and reach social network sites with the device. They were able to work-around the security settings and reach any website of their choice with a few clicks. Using the device for personal use may place the student in disciplinary action depending on the school.