Earlier this week, the Boston Globe Newspaper announced the launch of a new digital pilot program that will put iPads into public school classrooms around Boston and Stoneham. Thanks to the Newspaper in Education program, 75 iPads will be distributed to various schools in the area.
Donations from Boston Globe subscribers totaling $65,000 are being used to pay for the iPads, plus projectors that will be sent the schools. Fifty iPads will be delivered to Boston Public Schools and 25 will be sent to Stoneham High School. Each iPad comes with a digital subscription to the newspaper.
“We believe that digital kids turn into digital adults, to put it simply,” said Robert Saurer, the Globe’s director of customer experience and innovation. “We want to provide easy, portable access not only to our content, but to the greater world of content on the web – deployed in the classroom daily, streamed live, as the kids are learning.”
The Boston Globe has been supplying local public schools with print and digital subscription to the newspaper thanks to subscriber vacation donations. Currently, 2,600 print and 2,400 digital subscriptions have been sent to various classrooms.
The digital pilot program will run through the spring semester, at which time the results will be evaluated to decide if it is worth continuing.
If the program goes well, the Boston Globe hopes to expand to other schools through out the Boston area. “We hope that if we plant the seeds now, we can build a new, state-of-the art Boston Globe NIE Program,” said Saurer.