A new partnership between Apple and the Berkley Campostella Early Childhood Center (BCECC) will provide every student with a new iPad.
The Norfolk, Virginia school received one of 114 grants from Apple as part of the company's $100 million commitment to the White House “ConnectED” initiative. The grant includes an iPad for every student, a MacBook Air and iPad mini for every teacher, an Apple TV for every classroom, ongoing professional development for teachers and a continuing partnership with Apple to ensure successful implementation.
According to Apple’s ConnectED website, as part of its participation in President Barack Obama’s ConnectED technology in education program, the company is giving its latest hardware to 114 schools across the U.S.
The ConnectED initiative is designed to, within four years, connect 99% of America’s students to next-generation broadband and high-speed wireless in their schools and libraries. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and companies like Apple, Microsoft, Sprint, and Verizon have collectively pledged to connect more than 20 million more students.
The mission of the BCECC is “to build a strong foundation for learning that is developmentally appropriate for all preschool students including social skills, communication skills, motor skills and academic skills as provided in a safe and secure environment by parents, community volunteers, faculty, and staff members.”