Technology in School

More Hidden Costs for LA Unified's iPad Program

Dec 2, 2013

BUYER BEWARE: Officials at Los Angeles Unified learned that the hard way as the LATimes continues its scrutiny of the $1 billion iPad rollout program and its implementation problems and hidden costs. The latest is a play-by-play recap of a district technology committee meeting in which officials revealed that the annual license renewal fee for the curriculum on the tablets could exceed $60 million a year--contrary to earlier claims suggesting the content would be a one-time cost. And it seems not all the educators are still onboard with the rollout. An informal survey suggests that only 36% of teachers "strongly favored" continuing the effort, whereas 90% of admins support it. Hmm.

Technology in School

More Hidden Costs for LA Unified's iPad Program

Dec 2, 2013

BUYER BEWARE: Officials at Los Angeles Unified learned that the hard way as the LATimes continues its scrutiny of the $1 billion iPad rollout program and its implementation problems and hidden costs. The latest is a play-by-play recap of a district technology committee meeting in which officials revealed that the annual license renewal fee for the curriculum on the tablets could exceed $60 million a year--contrary to earlier claims suggesting the content would be a one-time cost. And it seems not all the educators are still onboard with the rollout. An informal survey suggests that only 36% of teachers "strongly favored" continuing the effort, whereas 90% of admins support it. Hmm.

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