Apple Donates 9,000 iPads to Teachers Working in Impoverished Schools [Report]

Apple Donates 9,000 iPads to Teachers Working in Impoverished Schools [Report]

Apple has partnered with the Teach for America program and donated 9,000 first gen iPads to teachers that work in impoverished and dangerous schools. The donated iPads come from customers that gave to Apple’s public service program during the iPad 2 launch.

Many consumers opt to resale their used Apple devices when a new generation is released, but the people that gave to Apple’s public service program have helped to give iPads to teachers working in low-income communities throughout the US.

According to CNN, 9,000 first gen iPads have been distributed to teachers in 38 states. The donating is in conjunction with Teach for America — a program that trains recent graduates from some of America’s most prestigious universities to teach in the meanest and most dangerous schools throughout the nation.

“Katie Remington (Middlebury ’10) picked up hers — a refurbished model that looked like new — on Sunday and brought it to the inner-city high school in St. Louis where she runs the science department. “So far,” she wrote after the first day, “I’ve figured out it can make them finish their work fast for ‘iPad time.’”

Classrooms will obviously need more than one iPad before these low-income schools can reach ‘iSchool’ status, but this huge donation is definitely a good start.

How did Apple and Teach for America begin to work together? Steve Jobs’ wife is a member of the program’s board of directors.

(via Macgasm)

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  • Joel Avery ? ?

    How about some computers with which to SYNC those iPads?!???? Oh, and, these schools being “impoverished”, they’re probably using Windows XP without iTunes installed. Get on THAT, Apple.

  • Gereon

    So actually people donated these iPads, not Apple.
    Or did I miss something?

  • (???)?

    iCloud is coming soon.

  • alexheath

    People gave the iPads to Apple to then donate to a cause.

  • Brendyn South

    how soon?

  • prof_peabody

    As someone who has worked in education for many years I can say that this is a useless gesture in terms of actually educating people.  

    Adding technology to a class doesn’t do anything except make the students and teachers a bit happier because they have cool technology.  It doesn’t help anyone learn any better, just as desktop computers didn’t help anyone learn any better, just as filmstrips didn’t help anyone learn better … etc. etc. 

  • JohnCalf0876

    I just got a $827.89 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HTV for only $251.92, they are both coming tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prîces at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use http://blue.gg/5g

  • GerradKenny9685

    I just got a $827.89 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HTV for only $251.92, they are both coming tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prîces at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use http://blue.gg/5g

  • GerradKenny9685

    How about some computers with which to SYNC those iPads?!???? Oh, and, these schools being “impoverished”, they’re probably using Windows XP without iTunes installed. Get on THAT, Apple. I just got a $827.89 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HTV for only $251.92, they are both coming tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prîces at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use http://blue.gg/5g

  • GerradKenny9685

    How about some computers with which to SYNC those iPads?!???? Oh, and, these schools being “impoverished”, they’re probably using Windows XP without iTunes installed. Get on THAT, Apple. I just got a $827.89 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HTV for only $251.92, they are both coming tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prîces at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use http://blue.gg/5g

  • Hei Bai

    iPad 2 is overstocked, better give them away before the new ones come out….

  • Trinidad Hunt

    It is absolutely wonderful that Apple is reaching out to educate in some of the least financially able in our nation. As it is, Apple has radically altered learning for the better. Now it’s time to reach into the corners of the most needy and educate. It is the JOY OF LEARNING that Apple is supporting…. Go Apple… Go America… Go education and learning… What a great contribution!!

  • Henry Macias

    It is people like you that are holding us back on great technology.. 

    If you are who you say you are, “someone who has worked in education for many years” you should be glad that we are just now getting to those who cannot afford to have good equipment. You think that me, as a student, I love to sit down and watch the professor fill up the whiteboard as he is writing and I’m trying to catch up? Or having to wait for my turn to use the only printer in the whole building? Those are the old days, “cool technology” is what makes Universities, Colleges, High Schools, Elementary Schools, be more productive and more efficient.

    I believe that filmstrips is why we have great photographers; I was born and raised on desktops, they are much more efficient than books, paper and pencil. Thanks to Ipads my generation can now access a myriad amount of information.

    P.s. You should have proofread that before posting. 

  • Fring

    Seems like you should go back to school to learn to read…
    ‘Apple has partnered with the Teach for America program and donated 9,000 first gen iPads to teachers that work in impoverished and dangerous schools.’

  • Brown sugar

    PROF. PEABODY
     IS NOT AN EDUCATOR!! IF HE OR SHE WAS THEN THIS DUMBIE WILL KNOW THAT TECHNOLOGY HAS TRULY ENHANCED STUDENTS’ LEARNING!!

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