San Diego school district purchases 26,000 iPads for district students

Nearly 26,000 Apple iPads will go to San Diego Unified School District classrooms this fall in what is being considered one of the largest iPad deployments for K-12 schools in the country.

“The more engaging the content is, the more the students want to be in there; They want to be reading, they want to be learning,” said Amanda Ferguson, who develops iBooks for educational materials company Pearson Education.

“The key is not the technology on its own, not the tools. It’s everything together, put together effectively,” said Scott Drossos, senior vice president of Pearson Education.

Drossos points to a recent study called “Project Red” that shows 90 percent of schools with a comprehensive technology program involving teachers, administrators and a coordinated curriculum reporting better test scores. In comparison, of the schools that had either no strong technology support or no technology at all, 70 percent reported better scores.

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