Every kid is issued one in the small high school and tech center where I teach. I think they are fabulous. They give all kids access to resources that only some students had before. We are a very rural school and the community does not have a lot of money. Most students don't have access to computers at home so the iPad is a huge help for them. They are also great for keeping a kid organized. They have the pad everywhere and it's easy to put reminders in through Google docs of assignments and deadlines that are due. Pdf files don't fly out of notebooks anymore and Evernote is one of the world's greatest apps. It has also helped me as a teacher to communicate with kids, particularly if they can't make it to school for some reason. There are times when the flipped classroom model is helpful and I couldn't do that without the iPads. However, they do have their drawbacks. They add another layer onto classroom management. Kids text on them all the time (like the phones. There isn't a whole lot of difference.) It's harder to block Facebook, Skype and other social media that tends to distract and it's hard to know when a kid is working on their pad or just screwing around. The security with them can be tricky. Kids figure out how to get past the blocks to jailbreak them or download some pretty inappropriate apps and managing them is a necessary expense. Also, bandwidth can really slow down with all that access to the internet. We collect all the iPads 2-3 times per year to clean them off and make sure that they are being cared for. There are 3 levels of usage: #3 use means that the kid can use them at school and take them home; #2 means that the kids can only use them at school and #1 means that the kid loses rights to the ipad and has to use an old ibook instead. If a teacher complains of misuse or the tech guys find misuse of the internet during the day, the kid will lose his/her right to the iPad. Theft and loss hasn't really been a problem. The Find app is really wonderful and since all the kids have an iPad, and since they will get caught if they steal one or the iPad will be locked and erased remotely, rendering it useless, there is very little problem in that area.