Pennsylvania’s Steel Valley School District has officially decided to use a $291,791 donation from Apple CEO Tim Cook to purchase iPads for each of the district’s students, and also train educators on how to make the best use of the technology. The Tim Cook donation was made in honor of former Apple board member Bill Campbell.
Administrators will plan to roll out iPads for the 2015-2016 school year, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Cook’s contribution was announced in September, though it was not officially accepted until this week.
Before the rollout takes place, administrators will come up with a strategy as to how best use the devices in the classroom. They have already visited one school to observe how iPads are being used in those classrooms.
Campbell – a former Apple executive and Intuit CEO – grew up in the Steel Valley area, and over the last 14 years has contributed nearly $9 million to the small district, which serves approximately 2,000 students.