For Alicia Silva, a single mother with three kids and three jobs, an iPad is out of reach. Silva works as a part-time art teacher, seamstress and home-care provider, and like many parents, can't afford a tablet computer.
Within weeks, though, the Coachella Valley Unified School District will take care of that. It will issue an iPad to each of Silva's three kids as part of a program that will provide iPads to all students in the district, one of the state's poorest.
In that moment, "a part of the world" will rest in their hands, Silva said. "If they want to travel, they can travel through the iPad to see Europe, to see another continent. ... They can research anything."