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Purchase of 510 iPads for preschool use gets green light

Updated Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 | 9:59 a.m.

Correction: This grant application was not approved. It was on the Clark County School Board's consent agenda but was removed before the board voted on it.

The Clark County School Board unanimously approved a grant application on Thursday to purchase 510 Apple iPad tablet computers and protective covers at a cost of about $245,055.

The Nevada Legislature approved funding through the state’s Department of Health and Human Services for instructional technology for this school year. The grant program, called Silver State KIDS, would allow early-childhood education teachers and administrators to test preschoolers and collect “school readiness data.”

“The use of iPads to implement the assessment will significantly reduce the time it takes teachers to input data as the device will be used as part of the teaching cycle,” Clark County Deputy Superintendent Kim Wooden wrote in a memo to School Board members.

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