Talk Back: Are iPads and students a bad mix for L.A. Unified?

iPads confiscated
Students at Theodore Roosevelt High School work with their iPads last month.
(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

The Times’ education correspondent, Howard Blume, reported Tuesday morning that Los Angeles school officials have taken back iPads from students at Westchester and Roosevelt high schools until further notice.

The move by school officials is the latest fallout from student hacking of the devices and could possibly affect other campuses.

As Blume put it: The move is another complication in efforts to provide an iPad to every student as part of a $1-billion technology plan in the nation’s second-largest school system.

Only a week ago, administrators with the L.A. Unified School District were scrambling to respond when they learned that students skirted security measures that were intended to block free browsing of the Internet, Blume reported.


One reader using the screen name John Steel commented: “This deal was a complete fiasco from the beginning. The school district massively overpaid Apple.... Here is an idea -- teach the kids to read, write and do math. No one needs an iPad to do that.”

Another person using the screen name Loufca wrote: “This would be funny if it didn’t cost $1 billion. How many teachers can you hire for $1 billion?”

What do you think? How would you like to see the school system deal with this issue of iPads? What steps would you like to see administrators take? Tell us by commenting on this post -- or tweet us your thoughts @lanow.



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