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Monday, April 30, 2012

San Diego Schools Purchase 25,700 Apple iPad 2 Units

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No Child left bored?

After putting more than 75,600 netbooks into the hands of students, the San Diego Unified School District has switched its focus to Apple iPads and will buy devices to outfit 340 classrooms before the end of the school year.

In all, the district plans to purchase around 25,700 iPad 2s at a slight discount from retail to roll out to its fifth- and eighth-grade classes as well as some high school classes by next fall. It is one of the largest deployments of iPads in K-12 schools in the nation and will cost the district more than $15 million.

San Diego Unified is in its third year of a technology initiative, dubbed i21, which is being funded by proceeds from a bond measure approved by voters in 2008.

The district began distributing the iPads to classrooms last week. After taking a break to accommodate state testing, officials will resume placing them in schools, prioritized based on need, in a process expected to last until late July. Phase two of the rollout will begin in September.

Teachers undergo a one-day training session on how to use the devices and are provided information and tips about educational apps. Additional training will be made available.

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