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