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Letters: An iPad lesson for L.A. Unified

September 06, 2013

Re "In iPad project, key need emerges," Sept. 3

Who in the Los Angeles Unified School District came up with the idea to give Apple iPads to 635,000 students? Who would select such a tech toy as opposed to many less-expensive options?

And given that the district may end up buying wireless keyboards so students can type on their iPads, did officials forget that as with all tablet computers, the touchscreen keyboard takes up half the screen?

I can only conclude that district officials have never used a laptop, a much more powerful product with two incredible features included: a keyboard and a mouse. Some go for a third of the price of an iPad.

I guess, as with all public agencies, when you are spending someone else's money, it just doesn't matter.

Bill Marsh

Studio City


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