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If Knox County has the foresight to combine the iPad program with an initiative to replace printed textbooks with electronic versions, then this program comes a lot closer to being cost neutral. It also makes the school system more environmentally friendly and saves the backs of thousands of students.
One important question not addressed either by the lengthy missive on the school's web site or any subsequent articles is how the school system proposes to absorb obsolecence costs for such an expansive and expensive commitment to technology. An iPad, like a personal computer, has around 3-5 years of active life before software requirements begin to exceed its capacity. A replacement program, including the recycling of the obsolete units, needs to be clearly detailed in the program's outline.
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