LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — 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.

The Brainerd Dispatch reports that earlier this week the Little Falls School Board unanimously allocated more than $1 million for a three-year lease on 1,450 iPads and accompanying software.

The district plans to charge a technology fee for all students when they get their iPads in the beginning of the 2011-12 school year. The fee may be $40 each.

School board chair Robert Stoltman says few Minnesota school districts are using iPads and having a small town like Little Falls commit to using them is an accomplishment.

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Comments (18)
  1. Buck Knuckler says:

    Why would you take a 3 year lease on something that will not be supported by the manufacturer in 2012?

  2. JB says:

    Obviously one district that is not hurting for money.

    1. stormysiren says:

      My mom is a teacher in the district. It’s not that they’re not hurting for money, it’s that they’re not using what they have wisely. When a 25 year old makes more money grooming dogs than her mother who has been teaching for 30 years, something’s wrong!

      1. Phid says:

        I understand where you are coming from, but in reality I think that salaries are based on demand, not on some sense of justice. I am guessing that your mother prefers teaching to grooming dogs, but if she wants to be paid more, she will have to give up what she enjoys doing and enter the dog grooming business.

        1. stormysiren says:

          No teacher makes enough. This perfectly demonstrates that the people who are making the decisions – the school board – make enough money themselves that they don’t have to concern themselves with the plight of teachers. It saddens me that this country is more concerned about things like sports stadiums and NASCAR than about the people who are teaching the next generation. My mom sacrifices her salary to try to make a difference in the lives of these kids. If all teachers who wanted to make more money gave it up, we wouldn’t have any teachers left!

  3. lefty says:

    the board did this because they are not bright enough to use the web or talk with students to find out what is the best thing to purchase and they probably got talked into it by a slick salesman

  4. Teched Off says:

    As a tech for a school district I say good luck. One million for the lease, but how many more people are you going to have to hire to support those devices? I can hear your Tech Dept. screaming from 80 miles away….lol.

  5. Mel says:

    Wow! I hardly know what to say. I hope the district doesn’t try to raise property taxes in the next 3 years, cause thos homeowners will throw this right in their faces.

  6. Jon says:

    Amazing how you know all the details of whats going on. You know where the money is coming from? What other things are being cut? No? I do! Here is a website that actually provides details.

    1. Jesse says:

      Is there only 150 students from 5th-12th grade? Looks like only 150 units will be leased?

  7. Phid says:

    The issue that is being missed here is this: what good will the iPads do? I do think that iPads are great, especially for adult productivity, checking e-mail, reading news, playing games, etc. I will assume there is some good use for students as well, but I can’t be totally sure about that. But in the end, giving iPads to students will not automatically make them better students, and they may make them worse students if they use them for frivolous purposes.

  8. Just a reader says:

    Too many issues to list.
    …who is paying for these devices, Apps, e-books, covers?
    …did they also research other, less expensive tablets as well?
    ….who supports them? That many ipads would be a PIA to setup and support with a small IT staff.
    …kids will destroy these devices. Hope they get a good deal on applecare and/or the otterbox covers
    …what happened with computer labs?
    …these are not going to help kids that already have focus/attention problems in the classroom.
    ….”the dog at my homework” will be replace with “I forgot to charge my ipad” or “my ipad doesn’t work right”
    Anyway good move school board! What a poor decision in my opinion.

  9. stormysiren says:

    Not to mention, most of these kids can’t even properly take care of a library book!

  10. mark from says:

    Looks like some people know how to waste more tax money, and I thought the school districts were hurting for money all this time

  11. Maxine says:

    I agree with Jon get the facts. This was studied for a couple of years and a smaller group (5th graders only) tested it. NOT ONE Ipad was lost or damaged. They do have a tracking security in them so as soon as someone else turns it on they can locate it. $ was an issue, the money used can not be used by our states law for teacher salary and had to be used for an item that would last more then one year. Some of the teachers are concerned, but more because they have to be taught and most realize that our students need to have access to the ways of the world. This gives more including our special need students an even learning field. I sat at many of the meetings and public discussions before the board made this decision. This is the same board that put white boards in the classrooms a couple of years ago and ask a teacher now if they are willing to give them up! It is not having to much money it is using it to benefit the students and help the teachers lighten the research load so many have. Find out the facts before you slam a group of VOLUNTEERS for the most part that want the LF district to move forward. PLUS it has already helped a new business to relocate soon and bring more students into the district.

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  14. McKayla says:

    Hey, I’m one those students in Little Falls and the IPads are great. They help me so much. Like I don’t have to carry books with me, because we can download them them onto are IPads. It saves so much homework. The apps on the IPad are so great. If I have question for the teacher all I have to is email and they will respond quickly. It’s not like the old way where you had to wait until the next day for the teacher to answer your question. These are just some of the great ways the IPad works.

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