Apple Donates Thousands Of iPads To Volunteer Teachers In Low-Income Areas

Posted in Apple, Apple News, iPad on 21/09/2011 by J. Glenn Künzler


Apple recently teamed up with Teach For America, a volunteer humanitarian service program that targets college students to volunteer two years teaching low-income youth, to distribute several thousand first-gen iPads to school teachers in low-income areas.

The iPads were all part of an Apple-initiated public service program allowing 1st-gen iPad owners who upgraded to the iPad 2 the chance to donate their old iPads to teachers in low-income communities.

It’s not clear how many iPads apple collected through the program, but in August, more than 9,000 Teach for America volunteers were offered an iPad 1 to help them in their efforts.

According to Fortune’s Philip Elmer-Dewitt, “Teach for America has a connection with Apple through Steve Jobs’ family. His wife, Laurene Powell, sits on its board of directors.”

Teachers are using the device both as a teaching aid for students, as well as a performance incentive in which students that perform well are allowed some time to use the iPad.


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.