The Los Angeles Unified School District announced that it is terminating its ambitious $1.3 billion plan to outfit every student with an iPad. Though unrelated to the seizure of documents by the FBI from the district on Monday, LAUSD superintendant Ramon Cortines announced his decision on Tuesday to end its contract with Apple.
Stating that education is a fundamental right for everyone, Apple had announced that it is joining the White House's ConnectED initiative to donate technology to schools that lack the resources. On its educational portal, Apple details that it will be contributing iPads, MacBooks, and Apple TVs to 114 schools spanning 29 states where 96 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch programs.
Apple has launched its Back to School promotion for 2014, offering education customers free iTunes Store gift cards on qualified purchases. Essentially, purchasing a new Mac will bag you a $100 gift card, while an iPhone or iPad and reward you with $50. We've checked and confirmed the promotion is currently live in both the UK and US.
Los Angeles officials are looking to Chromebooks, Microsoft's Windows 8 and other hardware to complement its iPad offering in the education sector. Students in Los Angeles have enjoyed the use of iPads to aid with not only their education, but also social lives too thanks to easily bypassing any security filters in place. Schools will be able to differentiate what is offered to students, a choice of six devices.
Lynda.com has updated its mobile application with a new design for iOS 7 that makes learning easy and fun. Now in version 4.0, the app brings fundamentals of business, technology, and creative skills to learners on the go with a variety of topics to choose from.
Apple has introduced education pricing for iPads, including the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display. Customers visiting the Apple's online education store will notice that the Retina iPad mini is available starting at $379 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, down from its usual price of $399, while the iPad Air starts at $469 for 16GB, down from $499.
Apple has released a video showcasing how the iPad could be used in the educational segment, in particular with students who have special needs. The video profiles educators and students as they use the iPad as a learning tool to develop skills like counting, living life, and communications.
Apple has introduced a number of changes to its policies and tools to make device management better for education and business. Both business and education customers can now buy app licenses in bulk under Apple's Volume Purchase Program to install them on a large number of devices at once.
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.
With iOS 7 Apple has taken their existing support for Enterprise, Education, and Government to the next level, adding even more functionality and better iPhone and iPad device management. This follows years of Apple adding more and more features that allow IT administrators to have more control over iOS devices. iOS obeys all Exchange ActiveSync policies plus it can be further controlled and configured via iOS Configuration Profiles that allow administrators to pre-setup connections to your company’s email system for example, or to pre-setup connections to your company’s secure Wi-Fi networks, but also restrict the device in many ways including preventing access to the iTunes App Store, or the Safari browser. These are just two examples but the list is quite long. Lets take a look at the new management features found in iOS 7...