Saturday, November 26, 2011

iPads in Schools

Quick question for the crowd:
  • Anyone know a ballpark figure for how many iPads are in schools?
I'm working on a project I'm sure I'll be blogging about before long and need this number for part of it. It is proving more difficult to determine than I originally thought. Whether they are 1:1 or iPad carts doesn't mater.


  1. I don't think Apple breaks their sales data down by market, so I'd imagine it will be difficult to figure that out. As of September, they had sold somewhere just shy of 40 million total iPads range (according to Wikipedia), but that doesn't have a breakdown by consumer/corporate/education sales.

  2. Here is a quote from Apple:

    Apple officials say they know of more than 600 districts that have launched what are called “one-to-one” programs, in which at least one classroom of students is getting iPads for each student to use throughout the school day.
    Nearly two-thirds of them have begun since July, according to Apple.

    Published: Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 11:08 p.m. MDT
    By Stephanie Reitz, Associated Press

  3. I work at a school that launched a 1:1 program for JK-4 this year, about 500 units including teachers. From our conversations with Apple reps, I would guess that there's only a few schools that have jumped that heavily per state, but that single class/cart units are far more prevalent.

  4. I'd be interested in the number as well.

  5. I just started working at a school that launched a 1:1 program this year as well, although they could not have implemented this program any poorly in my opinion. For one, all of our students have learning disabilities and most have difficulty staying on task for various reasons (one could call it ADHD, but I think that blanket term only legitimately applies to maybe 2 of my students -- the rest are just making poor choices when it comes to deciding how to use their time), and the board that runs the school clearly did not give a second's thought to the ramifications of handing students a new device that would be permitted for use in class that can download games in a flash. The board also decided NOT to provide faculty with iPads until a good two months after the school year began, (and I and a few others still don't even have one, and it's the end of November now!) but meanwhile they naturally expect us to be renown experts at integrating them into our teaching.

    Needless to say, most faculty don't want to have anything to do with these damn things. We recognize their potential, sure, but we don't have the time to explore the possibilities while developing curricula, resources, and assessments and grading all at the same time. Personally, I still am not convinced that an iPad enables anyone to do anything that can't be done on a Macbook or an iPhone.

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  7. If you google McAllen ISD in South Texas, they just purchased their entire student body and staff iPads.

  8. A few of us on our staff have talked about using iPads but we're unsure of how much use they'd get and REALLY unsure about how to pay for them. Would love to hear more thoughts.

  9. I would love to know this too! Keep in mind that in addition to official school purchases many parents are pooling together to buy or donate iPads for their classrooms (including my son's kindergarten class) so the official numbers would undercount.


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