Little Falls schools to give iPads to students in grades 5-12

Full story: TwinCities.com

The Little Falls School District is embracing Apple's iPad as a teaching tool and by the start of the next school year every fifth- through 12th- grade student in the district will have one.

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Freedom Lover

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I thought the schools were broke? I thought they couldn't even afford books? That teacher's were losing their jobs? Apparently the news hasn't reached Little Falls yet? What subjects are these i-pads supposed to assist? What about students who get free or reduced fee lunches, who's goung to pay their 40? This is just another load of malarkey!

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Remember this next time the teacher's union tells us how broke the schools are.
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Now the kiddies will be staring into a glowing LCD screen from sun-up to sun-down.

Wake up, look at the laptop screen before school, where they'll then be looking at another iPad screen for 7 hours, until the bus ride home, during which they'll look at their iPad, of course.

After a quick dinner riddled with high fructose corn syrup and aspartame, the kiddies can do some homework on the iPad while they watch TV on the 52-incher. Maybe some video games too, right before bed.
Obvious

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No wonder Johnny can't read.
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Love them or Hate them, they are here to stay. If it gives the kids an advantageget them. The other posters are correct in thier logic. The Little Falls Schoolboard better not go begging for money from the taxpayers of thier district.
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Notice it was POLITICIANS ( the locally elected school board) that are spending the TAXPAYERS money. I wish some of you would get your head out of your arses and understand who spends the money. It is POLITICIANS.
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SOOOOOOOO,

Let me get this straight!

The students pay $40.00 per year?(x 3 YEAR?)

It cost the district $1.000,000.00 over three years to lease 1,450 ipads!

Lets do the math $40.00 x 1,450=$58,000

x 3 years =$174,000.00

WE TAX RAPED RESIDENTS PAY THE DIFFERENCE!

Some of our schools in Minnesota are closing due to budget cuts and THEY HAVE THE B@#@$@ to spend $826,000.00 for 1,450 students to have the latest gadgets.

FIRE ALL OF THE DISTRICT STAFF THAT ALLOWED THIS TO PROCEED!
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SOOOOOOOO,
Let me get this straight!
The students pay $40.00 per year?(x 3 YEARS?)
It cost the district $1.000,000.00 over three years to lease 1,450 ipads!
Lets do the math $40.00 x 1,450=$58,000
x 3 years =$174,000.00
WE TAX RAPED RESIDENTS PAY THE DIFFERENCE!
Some of our schools in Minnesota are closing due to budget cuts and THEY HAVE THE B@#@$@ to spend $826,000.00 for 1,450 students to have the latest gadgets.
FIRE ALL OF THE DISTRICT STAFF THAT ALLOWED THIS TO PROCEED!

PLUS a FREE LUNCH?
Flood1

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Mar 25, 2011
 
Might these costs be offset by not spending money on replacing textbooks? What advantages might this iPad experience give these kids when they compete for jobs or college entrance? I assume the software will be "locked down" to prevent surfing and IM'ing...
Not again

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Well, I'm not aware of any major textbook manufacturer releasing their content for iPads, so there is no savings in text book costs. How does this improve the curriculum? I certainly hoped they reviewed all available applications, as well as competing 'tablet' like devices. Or, did Apple just dangle them some shiny things in front of their faces, and tell them they 'could be one of the first districts' and had them sign on the dotted line?
Stillwater fell for the same gimmick four or five years ago, with laptops in the junior high. Now, they finally figured out they couldn't afford them.
SIGH.
Beulah

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Mar 25, 2011
 
Flood1 wrote:
Might these costs be offset by not spending money on replacing textbooks? What advantages might this iPad experience give these kids when they compete for jobs or college entrance? I assume the software will be "locked down" to prevent surfing and IM'ing...
The only way this "educational" device will help Little Falls students is if the iPad is allowed to be used when they test out.
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Not again wrote:
Well, I'm not aware of any major textbook manufacturer releasing their content for iPads, so there is no savings in text book costs. How does this improve the curriculum? I certainly hoped they reviewed all available applications, as well as competing 'tablet' like devices. Or, did Apple just dangle them some shiny things in front of their faces, and tell them they 'could be one of the first districts' and had them sign on the dotted line?
Stillwater fell for the same gimmick four or five years ago, with laptops in the junior high. Now, they finally figured out they couldn't afford them.
SIGH.
... and if I recall correctly, NONE of the school board members who voted for the program were re-elected. We'll see if the same happens in Little Falls.
Dan

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The schools have so much money that they must come up with ways to spend it or lose it next year. This is just another example of it. It is a culture of waste that has been allowed to grow at a staggering and unsustainable pace for way too long. There is no accountability built into the system whatsoever. All they have to say is "It's for the children" and everyone backs down. Quit hiding behind the kids and get into the real world.

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And I am betting their will be even more money spent on repair, maintainace, batteries, chargers. And you will have to hire staff to make sure they all work and that all students have them and if they loose them they will need a replacement. On and on and on....
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Serious!?!?!?!
Im sick to death of having my money stolen from me to pay for this or that. Students dont need i pads. They need books, teachers, PARENTS that will help them study and succeed in life.
Our schools waste our money like you wouldnt believe.
Examples.......
St Paul school district pays for extra people to follow around school buses.
St Paul school district pays for state of the art laser speed detectors to watch the school bus drivers speeding. There are not consequences for the speeders thou...
St Paul school district also pays for some of these school bus followers to use nice, expensive and all decked out SUV's to take home and fill up with gas at tax payers expense, just in case they get a call in the middle of the night for a speeding bus????
So why are we paying for this and giving the schools more and more money everytime they say they need it?????
Wait, maybe its so they can open another "charter school".
When is enough gonna be enough...
I no longer have kids in school and the wasteful spending makes me sick.
Stop stealing our money!!
two of a kind

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Mar 26, 2011
 
Oh, and who is gonna pay for the repair and or replacement of these said i pads???
Why, us of course!

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How many of these i-pads will be lost, stolen, or broken? The person who came up with this hair-brained idea should be fired!
And next time you have money to burn how about a property tax REFUND?
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How about we teach them to read and write and maybe toss in some math instead of giving the students Ipads. WTF?????
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Don't tell me the school district's are broke. What a crock!
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What a bunch of republican sounding weenies. Oh my precious money! Nothing is more important than my money! OMG they are spending my money!

I remember the same bitching when they bought us Texas Instrument calculators back in the 70's.

Let me understand this, they are getting a $700 Ipad for 40 bucks a year? You should be happy for those kids.

Continue the math a $700 Ipad for $40 x 3 years means a savings of $580 x 1450 means you save $841,000

But that is all beside the point. Educating children costs a lot more money than "some" people are ready to spend. Their money will always be more important than the education of the teeming masses, and that is why the teeming masses get dumber and dumber.

And the only raping going on is by Big Business and their accomplices....the republican party. But then it's not rape if you are a willing participent. How you enjoying them cheap goods now that we shipped all our jobs over seas?

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