Tuesday evening the LA Unified School District (LAUSD) awarded Apple a $30-million contract to provide its students with iPads. The deal, which was approved in a 6-0 vote by the district’s school board, will see Apple supplying about 35,000 iPads to 47 LAUSD schools at a cost of about $678 per device. That’s higher than retail, but I’m told the devices are to be pre-loaded with an assortment of educational software prior to distribution — an additional expense.
The deal is a huge win for Apple. LAUSD is the nation’s second-largest school system, and its decision to award this contract to Apple, and Apple alone, is a hell of an endorsement — one that other school districts are certain to consider while mulling their own tablet deployments. Beyond that it’s further testament to the mindshare iPad is gaining in education, and the speed with which it is gaining it.
As Apple CEO Tim Cook said last year, “The adoption rate of iPad in education is something I’d never seen from any technology product in history. Usually, education tends to be fairly conservative in terms of buying, or K-12 does, and we’re not seeing that at all on the iPad.”