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Texas District Embarks on Widespread iPad Program

McAllen ISD to distribute 6,800 iPads this week

By Christopher Sherman
|  Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012  |  Updated 3:24 PM CDT
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Texas District Embarks on Widespread iPad Program

Mat Luschek

The McAllen school district is putting 6,800 of these in the hands of students.

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A Texas school district is trying to close its digital divide by distributing thousands of Apple iPads in a move that could make it the largest tablet computer program for students in the nation.

McAllen Independent School District began distributing 6,800 devices this week -- mostly iPads, but also hundreds of iPod Touch devices for its youngest students.

By this time next year, the district says every one of its more than 25,000 students in grades K-12 will receive an iPad or iPod Touch. The district believes it's the largest to try for complete coverage.

Apple would not confirm that. But other districts the company noted as having made large investments have not made ones as big as McAllen's.

The investment is costing the district more than $20 million.

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