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Maine Kindergarteners Get iPadsStill pining for (or waiting on) a new iPad 2? Sounds like you should be a kindergartner in Auburn, Maine. The school district there has decided to buy 285 iPads for use by students and teachers at a cost of about $200,000. Teachers using their own iPads in class had great success with students learning the alphabet where they had previously had problems. A video of the students using the tablets was shown to the school board and the decision to make the purchase followed.
The iPad program follows a successful laptop program for older students at the same district.

The price cited per tablet is just under $500 (the remaining cost being for software and insurance), so if 16GB Wi-Fi models were purchased, it doesn’t sound like there was much (or any) price break.

The plan is to run a pilot program in May, with a full implementation at the beginning of the new school year in the fall. The ultimate goal is to raise the district’s current 62-percent literacy rate to 90 percent in two years.

Check out the video below for the local news report (unless you’re on an iPad… ironically, it’s a Flash-based video… )

(via Electronista)

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Dave lives near Seattle, Washington, surrounded by evergreen trees and flat panel displays. His special gadget interest is eReaders and the pursuit of the perfect digital reading experience. He is the Editor-in-Chief of GeekBeat.TV.

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  1. Rick Feldan

    The future is here Dave. I have seen comments that mention the high cost of text books. Here is a device that can be tailored to the individual student and provide instant feedback. A book at this level cannot do this. The ‘Pad could follow to the 1st and 2nd grade, saving textbook money. I have a 5 yr old starting K in August. I doubt that Cupertino Unified will hand out ‘Pad’s, even if it is Apple’s hometown. (BTW, school is just down Pruneridge from the Apple Spaceship site…) Rick.