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Nice idea, but wrong tool. Apple Corp must be loving this. I think a better idea would be to ensure there is broadband in every students house. There is already a school intranet so students can access their school work over the net, and this is secure and backed up. Most homes have a basic computor capable of accessing the school web, so making sure they all have the connection required I think is far more important. For those families that do not or cannt provide a PC for their children then local finance companies regulary swap out their gear and so could donate through a scheme to those in need. Tablets can be great tools but they are not suitable for proper data input/output. Apple products are not compatable with standard software so you are instantly pushing puples down the apple path. I agree with the above that an andriod based product could be supplied new for the same price as an old ipad, and will be far more suitable. However what good is an ipad to families that do not have braodband? I also agree that these items will be all to easily lost, dammaged or stolen. This will instanlty disadvantage any child who is prone to any of these things, and what 12 year olds are not. Also the data on it would need to be manually backed up, which means loads of work could be lost with the tablet.