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Apple wins \"largest ever\" one-to-one laptop program

updated 08:55 am EDT, Mon May 2, 2005

iBooks to 63,000 students

Following a , Apple today officially announced that the Cobb County School District has selected Apple as its supplier in the "largest ever one-to-one computer learning initiative." The district's program, named "Power To Learn," calls for Apple to provide iBook G4s to every student and teacher in the district, starting with deployment this fall of more than 17,000 iBooks for teachers district-wide and students at four high schools designated as demonstration sites. Pending school board approval, the second and third phases of the program will equip all Cobb County high school and middle school students with iBooks beginning in 2006, resulting in a total deployment of 63,000 iBooks.

"We're thrilled to work with Cobb County public schools on this landmark one-to-one initiative," said Timothy D. Cook, Apple's executive vice president of Worldwide Sales and Operations. "School districts across the country have improved student achievement with the help of Apple's one-to-one solutions, and this ambitious project will give Cobb County students a tremendous academic advantage."

by MacNN Staff




  1. cgc

    Joined: Dec 1969



    That's impressive. My school had Commodore Pets for crying out loud :)

  1. d-film

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Proof of evolution

    First they pulled those stupid creation science-oriented stickers out of the science textbooks, then they ordered thousands of Apple computers for everyone.

    I'd say this is proof of evolution. There's hope yet.

  1. Nostromo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    yeah, but...

    "I'd say this is proof of evolution. There's hope yet."

    Yeah, but then the fundies/Bushies in VA just dumped Apple in favor of Dell, so there is still much work to do.

  1. racerex68

    Joined: Dec 1969


    My Conspiracy Theory

    I live in Georgia and Apple's proposal beat out the other vendors including Dell a few months ago. Then Cobb had to vote to "finalize" the deal which is what just happened.

    I'm certain that Dell offered Henrico a deal "too good to refuse" which was to counter this "spanking" Apple just delivered to them. I bet that Dell is going to take a huge loss on the Henrico deal.

    I'm also certain that the Henrico deal, being the first 1 to 1 that "compares" Apple to a PC vendor will show that you can't run a school district in the same way you run a business. Think about it... 40,000 students logging on to the network at the same time. Ok, some businesses have 40k employees, but they don't simultaneously "wake" their computers 6 times a day at the same time.

    Look up how Maine's 1 to 1 is working with Apple, they are supporting the entire system with something like only 4 paid staff people. That's an amazing case study for this.

    Good luck Dell...Henrico's going to be coming at you with baseball bats when they discover the need to hire 10 or more employees to support this.

  1. scotty321

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How much RAM??

    That's great, but how much RAM is Apple including with each laptop?!? I pray that they're not distributing these laptops with only 256 MB of RAM. That would make the program go very poorly, and make Apple look very shoddy.

  1. mtroute

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I don't get this what "more" are kids going to learn by having a laptop? Spend that money on more teachers or newer books. This just seems like "hey wouldn't it be cool if all of our kids had notebooks with internet access so we can all look at the web at the same time!" Isn't that what an overhead projector is for? Seems like a case of to much unnecessary tech...

  1. eddd

    Joined: Dec 1969



    mtroute, kids use computers for school in a variety of ways, writing papers, doing research, making web pages and posters, etc. My kids use our computers constantly, and we're lucky to have a couple of fairly recent machines that they can use. But many, many people in the public schools just don't have the means, so the kids go without. Nowadays, that puts them at an unfair advantage.

    Then there's the issues of bookbags weighing 35+ pounds. It's really getting ridiculous. Part of the eventual goal for a program like this is to lessen the number of books being toted around. Of course, that puts the burden of massive curriculum changes on the teachers; part of the growing pains mentioned in the Henrico story.

    All in all, it's keeping with the times. Knowing and feeling comfortable around computers is a very important goal for the public schools, and there's no better way to do this than a student "owning" one.

    Of course, the Cobb county schools are already what could fairly be called "priveleged" - it's the inner Atlanta schools that could use this more. Hopefully it will prove to be a success and will spread to other schools systems.

  1. JEB

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: mtroute

    Actually, it's very hard for any Education budget to give over more to teacher salaries . . .

    This was a tech-bond measure voted on by the public. So their money was already earmarked . . . but what amazes anyone there, here, everywhere, is the magnificent scale, and possibilities this will bring.

    (Applause, cheers, congrats).

  1. kw99

    Joined: Dec 1969


    That's great...

    Lose one, win one bigger... a net gain in the education arena.

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