“Students in the Los Angeles Unified School District will receive 31,000 free iPads this school year under a new $30 million program launched by the district,” Todd R. Weiss reports for CITEworld. “The goal is to improve education and get them ready for the workforce with new technology skills they are not getting at home.”

“The first 31,000 iPads are only the initial phase of the program, which plans to buy and distribute iPads to all 640,000 students in the nation’s second-largest school district by late 2014, Mark Hovatter, the chief facilities executive for the LAUSD, told CITEworld,” Weiss reports. “The first deployment phase is underway now in 49 of the district’s 1,124 K-12 schools. Each student is receiving an iPad pre-loaded with educational applications and other programs that will be used by the students in their studies. By the official beginning of the new school year in August, all of the students in the first phase of the project will have their iPads and won’t have to share them, said Hovatter. “

Weiss reports, “To buy the first 31,000 devices, the school district is using $30 million in tax money, but the district is looking for other means to fund much of the rest of the effort, said Hovatter. ‘We’re hoping that will get a lot of private donors,’ he said.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers "Fred Mertz" and "Lynn Weiler" for the heads up.]

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