• Tim Cook: Students Have the Right to a "Great Public Education"



    Apple CEO, Tim Cook, recently made a quick appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America where he discussed the company’s participation in the White House’s ConnectED educational program. During his airtime, he talked about the program in a pre-recorded segment with one of the hosts of the show, Robin Roberts.

    The interview took place in an Alabama elementary school and was intercut with scenes of teachers and students who were trying to use the iPad to learn about the reconstruction period after the American Civil War.

    For those of you who didn’t know, Apple previously announced a $100 million contribution to ConnectED last fall, which involved grants to 114 schools in 29 states. Each of the school students have been given iPads while teachers and administrators are getting both MacBooks and iPads. Furthermore, each classroom was also assigned with an Apple TV.

    Cook didn’t reveal anything new during the interview but did comment on things such as Apple’s efforts in boosting racial diversity and how children are often surrounded by technology at home but step into an “analog” world when they come to school, a move which leaves them disengaged.

    The end goal of the ConnectED program is to link 99% of American students to high-speed Internet access by the year 2018. The FCC is working alongside with several private corporations on the effort, including companies like Microsoft, Sprint and Verizon.

    We’ll have to see how successful this program turns out and how it affects Apple’s educational efforts along the way.

    Source: ABC News
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