Doomed from the get-go. That’s the rudimentary finding from a new Federal report (by the U.S. Education Department) exploring exactly what went wrong (and everything went wrong for that matter) with the infamously botched “1.3-billion iPads-for-all program” in Los Angeles schools.
The L.A. Times is out with a new report highlighting what Federal investigators have uncovered. All signs point to the program having launched without adequate planning or resources. There was no real understanding, the research shows, with regard to how the devices would really be put to good use for students in the classroom. The program almost seemed to prioritize getting the iPads to students rather than fashioning a plan to make the devices integral to their education.
Per the findings of the U.S. Education Department, the L.A. Times explains that the iPad distribution program at 47 schools in 2013 was plagued out of the gates. “Teachers were ill-trained, schools had spotty Internet connections and students quickly bypassed security filters,” today’s report notes.
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This week, Pennsylvania’s Steel Valley school board moved to accept a $291,791 donation from Apple to proceed with a new district-wide technology plan.
The plan in question calls for equipping every student in the district with an iPad.
Superintendent Ed Wehrer said the donation, and a separate $69,921 gift from philanthropist William Campbell through his new Campbell Educational and Community Foundation, will be used to train teachers in how to use iPads in the classroom, and to buy the devices for every student.
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Chitika is out with a new update on tablet traffic across North America.
According to the data in question, only one conclusion can be reached: the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Once again, despite a flood of new competition in the tablet market, Apple still dominates tablet traffic across the continent.
Posted in IPad, Mobile Analytics, Platforms, Tablet Devices
Following a protracted period of turmoil on Wall Street for Apple that has loomed large over CEO Tim Cook’s tenure at the helm and in the shadow of Steve Jobs, Apple has finally retraced its losses to touch new all-time highs on Wall Street this week.
After a record close on Tuesday, shares of AAPL drifted higher again Wednesday, seemingly bolstered by the unrelenting momentum of last week’s powerful and inspiring earnings report.
Although it remains to be seen if AAPL will move any higher than $107 this week, a growing number of industry analysts and market watchers now believe the next stop for AAPL is $120.
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R&D spending at Apple has been accelerating faster than Apple’s share of the global smartphone market.
In the weeks that preceded Apple’s introduction of new iPhones, iPads, and the forthcoming Apple Watch, quarterly spending on research and development hit a new all-time high for Apple.
Revealed this week in the company’s 10-K filing with the SEC, Apple spent a staggering $1.7 billion on research & development last quarter.
Posted in iOS, IPad, iPhone, Mobile Devices, Platforms, Technology
As widely expected, Apple on Thursday showed the world what’s next in its lineup of tablets.
The company introduced iPad Air 2, hyping it as the thinnest and most powerful iPad ever.
And Apple isn’t joking.
6.1 mm thin and weighing less than a pound, iPad Air 2 features an improved Retina display, better cameras, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, improved processor and more.
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At first, the thought of 2 to 5 year-olds utilizing tablets more than teens may come a shock, but if you think about it… it kind of makes sense.
If you are a parent or anyone who is around toddlers, then you are familiar with the multitude of e-books, electronic games, and learning apps available for kids of all ages on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.
Since kids ages 2 to 5 are likely to spend more of their time at home, their early learning skills for essentials such as the alphabet, colors, shapes, animals, animal sounds, and counting are not honed merely through print books but via mobile devices.
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