Apple donating $100 million to White House tech and education initiative

Apple has pledged to contribute $100 million to ConnectED, a technology-in-education initiative by the government.

The commitment by Apple is among $750 million worth of corporate donations announced by President Obama today. Other contributors include Bay Area-based Autodesk ($250 million worth of design software and training), Microsoft, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.

“Apple is proud to help President Obama transform America’s schools by providing iPads, MacBooks, software and support to schools in need. Education is in Apple’s DNA,” company spokesman Andy Bowman said by email. He pointed to a “content-rich educational ecosystem” that includes 7 million iPads bought by U.S. educational institutions, thousands of iTunes U courses, and iBooks Textbooks.

The ConnectED effort, which among other things is meant to expand high-speed Internet access in American classrooms, was announced in June. Obama made today’s announcement at Buck Lodge Middle School in Maryland, where students have received tablets since 2011 as part of another digital-learning project, according to the White House.

 

Photo: Apple will donate iPads to schools as part of its $100 million commitment to ConnectED.  (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

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