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

Posted in Apple, iPad, News 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


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.