Hacking Issues Cause LAUSD to Pull the Plug on the iPad Pilot

Association of Educators
October 9, 2013 — 878 views  

Technology is growing at a rapid pace. Over one billion people across the globe have some access to a computer or mobile device that is connected to the internet. There are also millions of people who have access to touch screen devices, such as tablets and mobile phones as the increase in technology is in correlation with the enhanced living standards of people. The government, as well as private sector businesses, are starting to switch from manually run machines to automated ones, which are controlled through remote devices. In the banking sector, many accounts and business transactions are being done through online portals on tablets and laptops, which eases the process. And now, as part of a plan to increase the level of knowledge in schools in America, the Los Angeles Unified School District has given iPads with preloaded educational applications to help students. However, this has turned out to be more of a bane, rather than a blessing.

LAUSD iPad Program

The LAUSD decided to fund a $1 billion program that will provide iPads to almost 640,000 students in the district by 2014. The reason behind this is that they believe that iPads are a great way of making education interactive and entertaining at the same time. Teachers will be able to synchronize and plan their schedules more easily, share videos for reference with their students and use the tablet to make lessons more interactive by conducting digital tests. The plan delves deeper where the district will also buy digital textbooks for the iPads, which will make the need to carry large textbooks obsolete.

Plan Backfires in certain schools

The plan to give students iPads as a means to making learning more interactive was taken for granted as students across several schools in the district have found a way to bypass the security and make free browsing on the internet available on their device. One of the policies governing this program aimed at ensuring that free browsing on the internet was disabled so that students do not spend all their time misusing the device. The students, on the other hand, are disappointed that the iPads did not have access to social networking and music streaming sites. These devices have been recovered in Westchester and Roosevelt High Schools, as there were a total of 70 and 260 students respectively, who digitally hacked the security measures on the iPads, according to reports from some employees and students of these schools

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