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  • Apple to Pour $100 Million into White House's ConnectED


    Last summer, U.S. President Barack Obama announced a new program call ConnectED, an initiative designed to enrich K-12 education for students by providing them with the best technology available and the training to make the most of it.

    At the center of that program, the White House said at the time, was a challenge to connect 99% of students to next-generation connectivity within five years, "as a foundation for a transformation in the classroom."

    To assist in this crusade, Apple is putting a serious chunk of change into the effort.

    "In an unprecedented commitment for the company," the White House announced Tuesday, "Apple has pledged $100 million in iPads, MacBooks, and other products along with content and professional development to enrich learning in disadvantaged schools, including interactive learning tools and ongoing support that can have a profound impact for students and teachers in the communities that need it most."

    Other companies making sizable contributions to the effort include Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint.

    "These commitments will help deliver the ConnectED vision more quickly to more classrooms around the country particularly those serving low-income students," the statement added. "They will also help make the most of the government and investment in broadband infrastructure by ensuring it is put to the best educational use."

    Source: The White House
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple to Pour $100 Million into White House's ConnectED started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. Feanor64's Avatar
      Feanor64 -
      No kinda technology can make a person learn you gotta have want to. A lot of kids these days ain't raised right and they don't have want to. That's called common sense. That's free baby.
    1. *T*'s Avatar
      *T* -
      Quote Originally Posted by Feanor64 View Post
      No kinda technology can make a person learn you gotta have want to. A lot of kids these days ain't raised right and they don't have want to. That's called common sense. That's free baby.
      As a high schooler, I think there has not been any difference in the amount of kids that want it now than did 20 years ago. However, putting laptops from the 1990s into a AP chemistry classroom is ridiculous, and a waste of time. Though some kids may not want to work, condemning the vast majority which do is not the solution.
    1. LittleJob's Avatar
      LittleJob -
      Quote Originally Posted by Feanor64 View Post
      No kinda technology can make a person learn you gotta have want to. A lot of kids these days ain't raised right and they don't have want to. That's called common sense. That's free baby.
      "Kinda?" Missed a comma. "aint?" "and they dont have want to"??

      At least you used "That's" in a grammatically correct manner.
      Now who is the one who was not "raised right." You need to want to learn, that's free baby!
    1. Rcworship's Avatar
      Rcworship -
      Any any rate, children, as the old adage goes, " you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink." It's true that technology won't force anyone to learn who doesn't want to. However, sometimes it takes a cool, shiny new toy to pique a child's interest (or an adult, like me&#128513. New tech in the class may be what drives a young person to learn how to begin writing code, or perhaps getting into graphic design. The possibilities are endless, we just have to show the kids what these amazing tools can do. And what's more, we need to guide them, not just pull an L.A. Unified School District and present them with major tech handouts...that doesn't work any better than social welfare freebies.
    1. Feanor64's Avatar
      Feanor64 -
      Quote Originally Posted by LittleJob View Post
      "Kinda?" Missed a comma. "aint?" "and they dont have want to"??

      At least you used "That's" in a grammatically correct manner.
      Now who is the one who was not "raised right." You need to want to learn, that's free baby!
      Lol actually the that's was autocorrected lol I'm a old school texter get over it. I also make 6 figures and I dropped out in the tenth grade and yes sir it's because I was raised right. My father taught us that no one NO ONE was gonna help us in life. We had to do what needed to be done and work harder than everyone else if we wanted something for ourselves. We didn't need the government. We didn't need handouts. All I'm saying is that a child can learn just as good from a book as anything else. If you have a teacher that WANTS to teach and a child that WANTS to learn then you will have success. If a child wants to code then that's fine obviously u need computers. Tech fields of course. But basic knowledge can be achieved without millions and millions of dollars wasted. It starts in the home. Some kids can overcome a bad home. A lot can't. They look to Miley Cyrus and Jay z instead of Benjamin Franklin and Martin Luthor King jr. Those people are glorified and valued. It's a dam shame.