Students Got iPads, Started Playing Video Games

LOS ANGELES (October 5, 2013)--Education officials in Los Angeles, the second-largest school district in the U.S., are rebooting a $1 billion plan to put an iPad in the hands of each of the district’s 650,000 students following an embarrassing glitch that emerged after the first round of tablets went out.

Instead of solving math problems or doing English homework, as administrators envisioned, more than 300 Los Angeles Unified School District students promptly cracked the security settings and started tweeting, posting to Facebook and playing video games.

Such problems left both critics and supporters questioning whether LAUSD officials were being hasty or overreaching in their attempt to distribute iPads throughout the district's more than 1,000 campuses by next year.

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