Representatives of Apple Inc. swung by Stege Elementary School in Richmond on Tuesday in order to give every teacher and student a free iPad along with instruction on how to use the device.
The event was part of Apple’s pledge to give $100 million in teaching and learning technologies to 114 underserved schools across the nation — and is part of the company’s participation in President Obama’s ConnectED initiative.
Every teacher at Stege received an iPad and Mac while about 300 students received personally assigned iPads that will remain at the school and be used solely for educational purposes.
The new iPads will fuel the school’s “Stege In Sync” program, which aims to engage students, school staff and parents in the education process through technology.
After Apple representatives, many of them from the Berkeley store, helped teachers roll bins of iPads to classrooms, they hung around to offer introductory courses on how to use the devices.
“The opportunities of this grant are endless,” Stege Principal Kim Moses said. “By having state-of-the-art technology and the support of many service providers, our students and teachers will engage in a robust initiative called ‘Stege in Sync.’ Students and teachers will engage in innovative instruction and creativity through technology.”