Regardless of where you stand on politics, it’s hard not to see the good in President Obama’s ConnectED program. First unveiled in June 2013, the initiative aims to deliver high-speed broadband to 99 percent of schools across the US over a five-year period.
ConnectED is well on its way to becoming a success, especially with help from companies like Apple. You may recall that the Cupertino-based company gave $100 million to the program earlier this year and now, we know exactly where that money is headed.
Apple will be assisting 114 schools across 29 states get the technology they need to achieve their educational goals. Specifically, they’ve selected schools where at least 96 percent of students are eligible for the free or reduced-price lunch program. Apple also points out that 92 percent of students from partner schools are of Hispanic, black, Native American, Alaskan Native or Asian heritage.
Each student at Apple’s adopted schools will receive an iPad while teachers and administrators will get an iPad and a MacBook. Furthermore, each classroom will have an Apple TV.
Apple is also assigning each school with an education team that’ll assist in making sure that each school’s technical and educational needs are considered and their strategies are executed successfully. What’s more, Apple is working with a number of Wi-Fi and cellular partners to ensure that each school has the Internet connectivity to access content reliably.