Every student at Richmond’s Stege Elementary School will soon receive an iPad, every teacher will get an iPad mini and Macbook, and every classroom will get an Apple TV thanks to a public-private partnership between Apple and the federal government, it was announced Tuesday.
Stege is one of 114 schools in 29 states to receive the Apple ConnectEd grant, part of an initiative announced by President Barack Obama last year, according to the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD).
The public-private initiative has the Federal Communications Commission and business sector each chipping in $2 billion over two years to expand high-speed Internet connectivity at U.S. schools and libraries and deliver technology to classrooms.
Apple has committed to donate $100 million in products to 100 low-income schools.
Along with computers, Apple is providing Stege with software and educational content specific to classrooms as well as professional development for teachers and other school employees.
“I am excited about the impact this grant will have on student learning,” Stege Principal Kim Moses said in a statement. “This technology will make lessons come alive in the classroom and give our students the tools they need to learn the skills necessary to compete in the 21st century economy.”
Stege has undergone much change recently, according to WCCUSD. To increase academic achievement at the school, new leadership was installed along with an extended school year in 2014-15 and a full-day kindergarten, the district said.
“The grant is one more component in the transformation we are seeing at Stege,” WCCUSD Superintendent Bruce Harter said in the statement. “Not only will the students in that community receive expanded learning opportunities with the technology being provided, but they have a committed group of teachers and instructional leaders ready to maximize the potential the new tools provide.”
Learn more about Apple and ConnectEd at www.apple.com/education/connectED.