Mark Campbell, a Pittsburgh Public Schools chief information technology officer has asked the school board to purchase 6,000 iPads instead of desktop computers. This will use the money that the school board has planned for a refresh of 5,000 old desktop computers (out of 8,890 in the district) in favor of iPads. His argument is that not only do the old computers take about 15-20 minutes to boot up, but since they are desktop computers, they have to be stationed in one location where teachers will have to move the entire class to and make reservations for.
He also points out that there are apps that exists on the iPad that can help with special needs children and also engage shy students to participate in class. The board is scheduled to vote on Wednesday and schools will have to compete in order to get their hands on some of the iPads out of the proposed 6,000. Hopefully the vote will pass as it is nice to see the education sector incorporate some of the more modern and readily available technology into its curriculum.