Wisconsin uses Microsoft settlement funds to buy iPads for schools

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in iPad edited January 2014


The capital of Wisconsin is buying 600 iPads this spring and plans to buy another 800 this fall, all paid for using funds from the state's settlement with Microsoft related to consumer lawsuits claiming the company overcharged customers for its software.



Bill Smojver, Madison's director of technical services for the school district, told the Wisconsin State Journal that the tablets are cheaper, more portable and easier to use than conventional computers.



Smojver added that the new iPads will enable students to wirelessly share their work and enable schools to replace textbooks with digital apps or ebooks, referring to Apple's recent announcement related to iBooks 2, iBooks Author and digital textbooks as a "significant development."











District deputy superintendent Sue Abplanalp noted that Madison administrators had been impressed by the results of an iPad trial by Chicago Public Schools, which found the tablets were successful in keeping students more engaged in the classroom.



Wisconsin's iPads are being paid for through $3.4 million of the nearly $80 million settlement Microsoft agreed to pay the state to settle claims that it has systematically cheated consumers into paying too much for its software.



Schools can spend the money on any type of technology, ranging from iPads to conventional laptops to projectors and other upgrades. With educational discounts, the Madison district is paying $479 for each iPad.



While there's no public records as to what each school district in the state is buying, the report cited technology consultant Naomi Harm as noting that her firm has worked with over 50 Wisconsin school districts to implement iPad-based teaching efforts.



Microsoft faced antitrust actions in a 1998 suit brought by the US Department of Justice and 19 states for using its monopoly market position to harm competition (specifically related to its efforts to destroy Netscape and the open web, although Sun's Java, Apple's QuickTime and other technologies were used as additional evidence to push the case.)



A separate series of private class action lawsuits accused Microsoft of cheating end users with overpriced software. The company worked to win dismissals of the claims in a number of states, but ended up paying settlements in at least 17 states, although efforts to actually obtain the funds were complicated by filing rules.



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  • macvictamacvicta Posts: 346member
    LMFAO! I literally belted out a huge, roaring laugh upon reading that headline.
  • realisticrealistic Posts: 1,111member
    Ironic that MS settlement funds will be used to buy non-Windows hardware.
  • christopher126christopher126 Posts: 3,410member
    Ouch! When it rains, it pours!



    Ps. Normally, i try to avoid cliches "like the plague!"
  • hypoluxahypoluxa Posts: 565member
    Pure awesomeness! Lucky kids!
  • asciiascii Posts: 5,363member
    "Chicago Public Schools [...] found the tablets were successful in keeping students more engaged in the classroom. "



    I think children that are misbehaving (such as not paying attention in class) should not be rewarded by giving them fancy tablets. That's what "more engaged" means right? It means they're not paying attention. Well it's just basic manners to pay attention to the teacher, whether you're interested in what he's saying or not.
  • abarryabarry Posts: 31member
    Irony, thy name is Wisconsin.
  • 8002580025 Posts: 172member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    The capital of Wisconsin is buying 600 iPads this spring and plans to buy another 800 this fall, all paid for using funds from the state's settlement with Microsoft related to consumer lawsuits claiming the company overcharged customers for its software. .



    This just made my day! Talk about pouring salt in a wound. No wonder Gates continues to distance himself from majorcrap.
  • suddenly newtonsuddenly newton Posts: 13,038member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MacVicta View Post


    LMFAO! I literally belted out a huge, roaring laugh upon reading that headline.



    Well, they'd be crazy to put that settlement money back into Microsoft's pockets.
  • doctor daviddoctor david Posts: 819member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ascii View Post


    "Chicago Public Schools [...] found the tablets were successful in keeping students more engaged in the classroom. "



    I think children that are misbehaving (such as not paying attention in class) should not be rewarded by giving them fancy tablets. That's what "more engaged" means right? It means they're not paying attention. Well it's just basic manners to pay attention to the teacher, whether you're interested in what he's saying or not.



    Engaged doesn't mean the same thing as paying attention or not misbehaving.

    Too often schools are treated like and viewed as joyless places where facts are pounded into a kids head. If you can get a child to be interested in and maybe enjoy learning they get much more out of it.

    A child can be paying attention, not misbehaving and still not be engaged.

    Education shouldn't be viewed the same as "getting the trains to run on time".
  • jack macjack mac Posts: 92member
    How ironic and fabulous!
  • dick applebaumdick applebaum Posts: 11,234member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Jack Mac View Post


    How ironic and fabulous!



    'Course y'all realize that MS is payin' those fines with funds they collect from OEMs for each Android handset sold...



    Let's see $10 per Android Handset x 48 == $480 == 1 MS fine Chit == 1 iPad



    So every 48 Droid phones pays for an iPad for a Wisconsin High Schooler.





    Thank you Android OEMs, Thank You Google, Thank You Microsoft, Thank You Wisconsin, Thank You Apple!

  • xavier83xavier83 Posts: 63member
    dam this one way of saying F#*@ YOU Microsoft
  • hill60hill60 Posts: 6,959member
    Will they engrave them with "Donated by Microsoft"?
  • constable odoconstable odo Posts: 1,041member
    Finally, someone agrees that Windows is overpriced. Hahahaha. I'm really getting a belly laugh out of the use of that money. All the iHaters are probably saying they could have gotten twice as many Windows netbooks or Android tablets for that money. The school picked the right choice of tablet. Another nail in Microsoft and Windows coffin. Bill Gates should have offered the school a special deal of free Windows 8 tablets whenever they come to be for sale.
  • boredumbboredumb Posts: 1,117member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    The capital of Wisconsin is buying 600 iPads this spring and plans to buy another 800 this fall, all paid for using funds from the state's settlement with Microsoft related to consumer lawsuits claiming the company overcharged customers for its software.



    Phase 2 of Wisconsin Master Plan:



    Sue Apple for overcharging for iPads, use funds to buy Jet Packs to ease school bus costs...







    Besides, I thought the capital of Wisconsin was "W"...?
  • addaboxaddabox Posts: 12,667member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Doctor David View Post


    Engaged doesn't mean the same thing as paying attention or not misbehaving.

    Too often schools are treated like and viewed as joyless places where facts are pounded into a kids head. If you can get a child to be interested in and maybe enjoy learning they get much more out of it.

    A child can be paying attention, not misbehaving and still not be engaged.

    Education shouldn't be viewed the same as "getting the trains to run on time".



    Well said. It's not enough any more to insist that kids "should" act or think a certain way in the classroom. They're growing up in a ubiquitously connected, digital world. Expecting them to learn in exactly the way kids in the early part of the 20th century learned makes no sense.



    The pedagogical model as it is practiced in most US public schools literally derives from industrial processes, and originally was intended to provide trained workers for America's industrial economy. It's really not surprising that rote, top-down training isn't grabbing this generation's attention, and it isn't necessary to imagine it's because they're all ADD XBox addled idiots to see why.
  • bugsnwbugsnw Posts: 696member
    If you listen carefully, you can hear the sound of a chair being thrown in Redmond...
  • jbfromozjbfromoz Posts: 91member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    A separate series of private lass action lawsuits accused Microsoft of cheating end users with overpriced software.



    I can see the ads now, 15 episodes featuring a bunch of young female lawyers in leotards yelling at microsoft execs about cheating on their ex wives in private produced on windows 7 (sequences shortened for tv)
  • obamaobama Posts: 62member
    Why not Macs? They're great for education! Oh that's right. iBooks won't work on a MacBook cause Apple gave the Mac the iOS shutout.



    Again.
  • dick applebaumdick applebaum Posts: 11,234member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider


    A separate series of private lass action lawsuits accused Microsoft of cheating end users with overpriced software.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by JBFromOZ View Post


    I can see the ads now, 15 episodes featuring a bunch of young female lawyers in leotards yelling at microsoft execs about cheating on their ex wives in private produced on windows 7 (sequences shortened for tv)







    MisTypeAhead either dropped a "c" or added an "l"... your choice!



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