Los Angeles pulls the plug on iPad rollout
- The contract for the Los Angeles Unified School District's massive iPad rollout, the largest in the nation, was canceled on Tuesday.
- Superintendent John Deasy revealed the decision in a letter to the district's Board of Education, stating, "Moving forward, we will no longer utilize our current contract with Apple Inc."
- The nation's second largest school district will issue a new request for proposals for personal computing devices.
Presumably, that new RFP will include all but the 52 schools that already received their iPad deployments. The district's massive, $1 billion rollout was plagued with issues and controversy from the start. There was sticker shock, reports of kids "hacking" the devices (though they really just deleted their security profiles), the too-late realization that the devices would need additional keyboards for writing assignments, delays, claims that it was illegal, and everything between.
Hopefully, the next device selected for 1:1 deployment by the district faces a smoother introduction. We hear Chromebooks are becoming pretty popular (and carry a lower price point). For a closer look back at several of the problems faced, check out our look at 4 lessons Los Angeles' iPad rollout can teach everyone.
- THE Journal Los Angeles Unified Cancels iPad Contract
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