Apple’s education event is underway at New York City’s Guggenheim Museum, where Phil Schiller, the company’s vice president of worldwide marketing, provided an update on key metrics related to Apple’s education business. Remarking that the U.S. “is not at the top of industrialized nations”, Schiller said that “If you’re a freshman, you only have a 70 percent chance of graduating”.
After playing a nice video outlining the problem with U.S. education today, Schiller said “no one person or company”can fix it all. Apple, of course, will try. The basis for such an ambitious undertaking, of course, is the iPad, which Schiller said was #1 on kids wishlists this holiday season. The goal: Help integrate the iPad into the curriculum.
And the iPad is already strong in education. Here are some interesting metrics:
more than 20,000 education apps in the store, explicitly for iPad (Schiller mentioned apps such as The Elements, Frog Dissection, Virtual Rome, Art Authority and more)
there are now over 1.5 million iPads in use in education institutions
over a thousand iPads are in use in one-to-one programs