I read with interest the recent article on iPads in the Los Angeles school district. The theme of the story was no surprise, and I must confess when I first heard about the iPad donation in Bend this summer, it gave me a little twinge — just like the one I had when I read the L.A. story.
I am sure the program is very good for Apple sales, but beyond that, I am unsure there is a good reason to have them in our local schools. It seems unnecessary to me — beyond the “gee-whiz” factor.
IPads are expensive, kids have books now, and nearly all have easy access to computing at school and at home. Another thing: L.A. schools pay for lost or stolen iPads. Not much incentive to keep track of them down there. How about here?