Skip to comments.EPIC FAIL: Los Angeles high schools now confiscate all free iPads they gave students
Posted on 10/02/2013 1:39:32 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
EPIC FAIL: Los Angeles high schools now confiscate all free iPads they gave students
The Daily Caller 3 hours ago
Hilariously, officials at high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District are now taking back a couple thousand iPads a week or so after giving them to students as part of a 47-school pilot program.
The mass repossession is the latest in a series of responses by school officials to the fact that hundreds of students figured out almost immediately how to hack the security settings on their iPads. Another 71 kids ostensibly lost their iPads just as immediately. (RELATED: LA schools give every kid an iPadwhat could go wrong?)
Each iPad cost the school district $700. School district officials have said that the eventual goal is to supply every kid with one of the devices as part of a technology plan that will cost $1 billion.
As of Friday, students at Westchester High School and Roosevelt High School are now bereft of their iPads, reports the Los Angeles Times. At least most of them are now bereft, anyway. A Roosevelt teacher told the Times that about one-third of the devices still remain unaccounted for.
They carted them out of every classroom in sixth period, Westchester senior Brian Young told The Times on Monday. There has been no word of when theyll be back.
Other schools may soon follow suit and recall their students iPads as well.
The hacking was far from rocket science for the tech-savvy students. Bypassing the security settings imposed by school officials took no more than a few simple clicks.
Students had told the Times they were frustrated because they couldnt surf the Internet freely or visit social media and music streaming websites.
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There is absolutely, positively no reason to have iPads in a school.
Is there anything gubmint doesn’t know?!!!
Catholic schools here in Indiana have used them for several years with good results. I assume they are a cost savings because these schools are always strapped for budget.
Now I fully realize they have a different level of personal responsibility and discipline for their students.
You are 100% correct. You can’t even type on an iPad! How this is a learning tool is beyond me!
Our private school handed some out to all high schoolers. They are facing the same issue as far as students wanting to surf, stream music, and socialize instead of school work. I am having to jump through hoops the block stuff for a proactive stand point.
Gee the Boomers and before all we had was books and I submit we have done more with technology advancements than Generation Null and Void.
All the keyboard strokes were in Ebonics.
This is only a semi-fail since getting the iPads into the hands of the students was only a secondary goal. The primary goal was to get the taxpayer to buy a bunch of iPads from a connected crony who could then donate back to the politicians who decided to buy the iPads in the first place. Crony and politician get fat, taxpayers get fleeced and who cares where the iPads wind up; they were only an excuse anyway.
What, no iPads for the monkeys at the zoo?
Its because the OS doesn’t support enterprise level controls. They are user controlled devices.
Back to laptop and desktops now. something that can be locked down. Even better give everyone a dumb terminal and a keyboard and mouse. bring back the IBM dinosaur. Centralized computing is the answer.
I can see some reasoning behind it, but I can’t believe it actually got out of the small focus committee that first reviewed the idea.
There are massive problem to be overcome here.
We often talk about kids not having accountability, but the whole system has no accountability.
It seems to be utter chaos at these schools.
They are wonderful devices for the classroom and have too many uses to list here. Pecking is the new typing, and students can do so as quickly as proper typing. I’m all for parents buying these devices for students, but handing them out to a large number are irresponsible children is ridiculous.
“Is there anything gubmint doesnt know?!!!”
I think it was in 1988 when Congress passed a law that school buses had to have seats belts for the riders with an ignition interlock. So, if any student unlocked his belt the buss would stop...(Long pause.) They installed them in some unknown number of busses which sat...and sat...because every time they started moving, a student would open belt and shut them off. Stupidest thing I ever heard.
Then there was Miami that put a device on every light so that busses, fire trucks and emergency vehicles could press a button and turn the light green so they’d have priority passage. It worked for two weeks, but the devises weren’t encrypted and somebody was selling a knockoff box on the internet. There were dozens of crashes in intersections as many people decided they should have priority passage. (Too stupid for words.)
This was predicted based on other similar programs in other schools.
But they went ahead anyway.
We have an awful problem with just our family members! My husband is a computer network architect. “Then why can’t you keep them from playing games online and searching for music when they’re supposed to be working?!?”
I would like to know who approved this (I’m assuming the school board), and exactly how they benefited from this decision. Sounds like someone needs to see the inside of a jail cell.
Roosevelt High has its own abortion clinic, cannot trust students with IPADs though