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Educators say Apple’s $100M grants can transform schools

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura
November 3rd, 2014

Company’s commitment to support ConnectEd initiative is a boon to underprivileged schools

apple-schoolsAs part of its $100 million commitment to President Obama’s ConnectED initiative, Apple will provide devices, software, and support to 114 schools across the nation.

The grants will go to schools with at least 96 percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. Ninety-two percent of students from the 114 recipient schools are minorities.

Each student will receive an iPad, and every teacher and administrator will receive an iPad and Mac. Each classroom will have Apple TV.

Apple representatives emphasized that their investment goes beyond products. Each school will work with an Apple Education team, which will ensure that IT and educational needs are met. Professional development around technology integration also will be provided.

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