updated 10:55 am EST, Fri December 16, 2005
Apple Digital Campus
Apple continues to expand its reach into education with a that will deliver PowerBooks to Oklahoma City University's music students, embracing the the "Windows computing alternative." A pilot program that offers deeply discounted laptops, iPods, and iSight camers to the Wanda L. Bass School of Music joins an Apple Digital Campus lineup that includes Stanford, Duke, the University of Missouri and the University of Texas, among others, according to The Oklahoman: "The overall goal is to become a technology-competent campus in how we teach and learn, and Apple has offered us the opportunity to do that," OCU President Tom McDaniel said before a luncheon Thursday to announce the program.
The program offers discounted PowerBooks, iPods, and iSights to students to use for their classwork, while faculty will be encourge to interate the computers and digital devices into their curriculum. The report says that Apple sent a team of about 10 people to Thursday's kick-off luncheon and issued a statement from John Couch, Apple's vice president of education.
"Education and music are both very close to Apple's heart," Couch said. "We're thrilled to work with Oklahoma City University to provide the students and faculty with the latest in innovative technology and applaud the school's efforts to prepare its students with 21st-century skills in an exceptional environment designed for teaching and learning."