The Toronto District School Board decided to phase out Apple computers — about 8% of the 63,000 machines used by some 250,000 kids — in mid-November.
It seems board members bought in to the idea that Macs are more expensive than PCs:
“The Apple computer in a large-scale network―their capabilities for automatically managing that many machines really pales to what’s available in the PC world,” Lee Stem, general manager of Information and Technology Services for the Board, told Torontoist.
“At the end of the day, it really comes down to getting as many devices in the hands of as many people as possible,” added Stem. “Every penny that we save…all that money is going to bring more technology into the hands of kids.”
Teachers in the district are using those last Apple computers to plead with the bureaucrats to keep Macs in the mix. (No more Apple computers will be bought for general use, though they may still be purchased for “special use” classes, like art, video editing or music composition.)