Despite a high-profile failure in Los Angeles, Apple's efforts to put iPads in the hands of more students is finding more success elsewhere. School districts in Yuma, Arizona and the Coachella Valley in California have found great success with their iPad programs. Apple is also taking a more active role in expanding access to technology in some schools, targeting those with fewer technological resources in particular.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
At 114 schools nationwide, including eight in Yuma, it is providing each student with an iPad, teachers with iPads and MacBook computers, and classrooms with Apple TVs. At some schools, Apple also helped build Wi-Fi networks. The company, which committed $100 million to the nationwide effort in 2014, assigns an employee to spend 17 days a year at each school, training teachers and helping prepare lessons. The employees, all former teachers, recommend apps and sometimes demonstrate techniques on teaching with iPads.
The company also has an executive sponsor each school to help get programs up and running as quickly as possible. For instance, Internet Software and Services SVP Eddy Cue sponsors schools in Yuma. While the fact that Apple's grant for the Yuma district expires worries some educators, Cue believes that if the program proves effective, it will be easier to secure more funding down the road.
Apple has continually made strides in education, and its most recent major update to iOS, 9.3, puts a major focus on using the iPad in schools.