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The iPad controversy... - teacher jail

When LAUSD students heard they would have their own iPads, they must have jumped for joy. Everyone loves the iPad. This sleek piece of equipment is easy to use and fun to figure out and customize so that it quickly becomes an extension of its owner. The iPad, however, is just that: F-U-N. The price LAUSD plans to pay for the iPad program and licensing is exorbitant - a $1 billion rollout and another $60+million for licensing. The iPad is not really a productive educational tool, unless it is used to brush up on gaming skills, adding to focus, but sometimes overdoing it. It does not handle the real world workability functions students need to know to prepare for a future in the marketplace. Now that the Surface has surfaced and is readily available and is much less costly than the iPad, it would be better (and economically feasible) if LAUSD saved a substantial amount of money and invested in student assigned Surface tablets instead. The Surface comes with functional software that is used in business, and if someone really wanted to play games such as chess or Tomb Raider, the Surface can handle that as well. Who is really making decisions about how to equip all students with a device to keep them connected? Whoever it is, that person(s) certainly has a lot to learn about competitive pricing. To equip the entire student body (approx. 700k), not just a portion as currently planned, the Surface would cost about one-fourth the price of the iPad program and would be much more functional as an educational device for current marketplace operations. Think of the tens of thousands of Apple computers that have been in LAUSD classroom since the 1980s and how much students have improved their educational standing, not only in California but also globally. Will iPads be another entertaining distraction for the sake of technology that adds to a student's ability to hack but not to apply marketable skills to a future of leadership in the real world. In less than a year, with Apple's frequent upgrades, instead of "find my iPad, we might hear, "replace my iPad."

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