US schools seek $1.3bn refund from Apple after children hack iPads

The BBC is reporting that schools in Los Angeles are seeking compensation from Apple over a $1.3bn (£870m) iPad-based education project that has gone awry…

They have sent letters to Apple and its project partners seeking refunds.

The project began in 2013 and aimed to give iPads and other computers to about 650,000 students.

It hit problems when students were able to bypass security systems on the tablets and because the computer-based curriculum was incomplete.

In the letters, the LA Unified School District (LAUSD) said it was “extremely dissatisfied” with the way the project has been handled, according to a report in the LA Times.

The scheme was intended to be a way for poorer pupils to keep up with wealthier peers who already enjoyed access to tablets and other computer-based study aids.

The LA school district initially bought 43,261 iPads loaded with a maths and English curriculum designed by educational and training firm Pearson. A further 77,000 iPads were bought to be used in standardised tests.

Teachers, school heads and administrators were also expected to use the gadgets to improve lessons and the way schools were run.

“While Apple and Pearson promised a state-of-the-art technological solution they have yet to deliver it,” said the letters sent to the two firms this week…


Can’t help think schools would be much better off using Chromebooks than iPads – cheaper, use a keyboard (it’s still an important skill), perfect for the cloud, and much easier to setup, share etc.

But clearly not as sexy…

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