Minnesota School Buys Hundreds of iPads for Students and Staff
Posted on April 17, 2010 by eli courey
It seemed Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop (GFW) High School students couldn’t get enough of the new iPad computers Thursday in Principal Jeff Bertrang’s office.
One student played the piano with a shortened keyboard on her iPad.
Another student read a book on his iPad.
Another student listened to Spanish words.
Bertrang pointed out how definitions of words could be found on the iPad.
The iPad – a wireless, touch screen, tablet-sized computer – was released in early April by Apple Inc.
The school district allocated $267,748 to its technology fund to become what is believed to be the first school in the country to have the devices at a cost of $479 each.
The money will be used to buy 320 iPads with extended, two-year warranties for students and staff, create Wi-Fi (wireless) infrastructure including routers and access points plus professional development (staff training).