President's plan to bring high-speed internet to classrooms gets $100 million in equipment and tools from Apple

Apple donating 00 million in iPads and other equipment for President's broadband education program

Apple is joining in with President Obama's initiative to get students connected to high-speed internet, called ConnectED, donating $100 million in iPads, computers, and other equiptment. Apple joins a group of compnaies that include Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and Microsoft in donating $750 million towards improving the internet in public schools. Currently, 70% of students in the U.S. are without access to high-speed internet in the classrooms. The President wants to change that, wanting to give 99% of students in U.S. schools access to high-speed internet in the next five years, according to the Associated Press:

Today, fewer than 30% of schools have the broadband they need to teach using today’s technology; under ConnectED, 99% of American students will have access to next-generation broadband by 2017. That connectivity will be the bedrock of a transformation in the classroom experience for all students, regardless of income. As the President said in June, “In a Nation where we expect free WiFi with our coffee, why shouldn’t we have it in our schools?”

Do you think that the President's initiative will work, and should companies like Apple do more to help? Let us know in the comments.

Source: The White House

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Is high speed internet going to make the students smarter? the teachers better? Most of what students need to learn does not require internet access.

A lot of schools are going to on-line blackboards, lessons and home work. Some use it to get into virtual classes when traveling isn't possible due to illness or other factors. It may not be required but, used right, can greatly enhance the lessons and reach of the schools.

Its a good thing.. as long as they block Facebook, Twitter, and snapchat! :D

Give the students and teachers the benefit of doubts and one thing for sure they wouldn't get more stupid.

Perhaps by your reckoning they will.

I feel that this is good, but please allow for handwriting apps. Our kids can tap with the best of them, but they can't physically write a sentence to save their lives.

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probably won't help inner city schools very much, they'll just abuse and steal the technology. This money would've been better spent on raising teacher salaries instead, it's pathetic how little they make

I can agree with you on this point. One if the most fundamentally important factors that directly contributes in our civilization is often times one of the most under appreciated by the population outside of the teaching profession.

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I don't follow how we need to raise teacher salaries.

I work as an engineer & all of my son's teachers make more than I do (info available via public records).

High speed internet means SQUAT when the school systems put a chokehold on potentially available/accessible content.
I see where this could help, but at the same time, I'm not convinced that high speed internet is a step in the right direction for improving the US education system.

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Its pretty obvious that tech/product companies will invest to this initiative. It'll translate to product familiarity and eventual purchases. As for the direct benefits to the classroom are huge! First off big old books are not very efficient, those books take a beating for 5-10 years before being replaced due to high price while teaching old data. Digital sources are updated at a near 0 cost. Interactivity is the best method of teaching difficult/dull subjects or have you all forgot how "exciting" history class was?