Apple announced on Wednesday that its ConnectED program has provided 32,145 iPads to students at underserved public schools in the United States for the 2016 school year, as well as Macs and iPads for more than 9,042 teachers.
Apple Press Release:
Today, 701 students in Indianola, Mississippi, were introduced to iPad as Carver Elementary School became the 66th ConnectED school — and the first of the school year — to transform its classrooms with Apple’s cutting edge teaching and learning technology solutions.
In addition to the iPads and Macs, Apple has also provided 4,434 hours of Apple Professional Learning, and has installed 189 miles of cable connecting schools to the Internet.
At Westview Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri, eighth-grade teacher Brandon Small’s relationship with his Apple Professional Learning Specialist continues to evolve. At first, his APL Specialist was a resource for questions about his new technology. “It was nice sitting down with an expert on Keynote and Pages to learn everything about them,” he remembers. “It gave us something we could use right away in the classroom.”
The ConnectED program was created by the Obama administration to provide cutting-edge technology to teachers and students in underserved public schools in the U.S. Apple and a number of other tech companies pledged millions in technology to the program. The goal of the program is to connect 99% of American students to high-speed internet within five years of the program’s 2014 starting date.