Nearly 50,000 Students in Glasgow, Scotland to Receive Free iPads to Assist With Education

Nearly 50,000 students in Glasgow, Scotland will receive free iPads to assist with their education, as part of a seven-year £300 million agreement between Glasgow City Council and Canadian IT firm CGI, according to the BBC.

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As part of the deal, every student in academic year P6 to S6 will receive their own iPad to keep for school use, while younger students in academic years P1 through P5 will have shared access to an ‌iPad‌. A total of 47,000 iPads will be handed out to students by 2021, and 4,900 teachers will also receive one.

The initiative will also include the installation of Wi-Fi in every classroom and faster internet connections overall.

The report notes that all of the iPads will be tracked and managed by the Glasgow City Council, which can lock or erase the devices remotely, while social media platforms and inappropriate websites will be blocked. The initiative has already been tested at a number of schools across Glasgow.

"This is the biggest Apple education initiative in Europe and I'm delighted that Glasgow is once again leading the way in innovative practices," said Glasgow councillor Chris Cunningham, according to STV News.

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Top Rated Comments

BootsWalking Avatar
64 months ago
From the article:

"The rollout, which is aimed to encourage children to embrace the digital age, is the biggest Apple education project in Europe."

Did children really need any encouragement to embrace the digital age? They were born into it. That's like saying people need encouragement to embrace dish washers.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mcilwraith Avatar
64 months ago
Glasgow is a terrible place. It needs all the help it can get. Send donations people!
shame on you sir!! glasgow is fab
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RemedyRabbit Avatar
64 months ago
Those students are being tricked into being tracked. For sure they have MDM enabled so the city/school can track then in and outside of school time.
Dunno how to break this to you m8 but the schools and the state already know the home address of every single school kid.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Alan Wynn Avatar
64 months ago
They had to give it away for free because no school would buy it over Chromebook.
Except the article said this school bought them, so I guess your statement is just wrong.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
now i see it Avatar
64 months ago
this experiment has been tried at schools several times in the USA and in every instance has failed.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macfacts Avatar
64 months ago
Wow, Apple gave nearly 50,000 free iPads.
If you didn't pay for it, youre the product
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)