Oregon board okays Apple lease for use in junior high

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Seventh and eighth graders in Oregon schools will get a welcome amenity next year when classes start: a new iPad.

The board of education last week approved a technology lease with Apple Inc. that will put an iPad in the hands of each middle school student.

The vote was 4-0, with Michael Csehi absent. The three-year lease will cost the district $124,398.09 a year and provide for the distribution of 640 iPad 2s to students and teachers at a cost of $379 apiece.

“The students will receive their iPads in August. The teachers will start their training on them in June,” said Nathan Quigg, the district’s technology director. “We’ve been discussing this for quite a while. There’s a lot of excitement.”

With the upgrade, the district will comply with standards that soon will require students to take assessment tests online, he said. “The world is changing so fast. The U.S. Department of Education has said that textbooks as we know them will be obsolete in the next five years.”

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