updated 03:45 pm EST, Thu November 14, 2002
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"[Apple] has persuaded the teachers' college at the University of Texas, for example, to require every student to buy an iBook and learn how to use it. The university, with Apple's encouragement, has incorporated into its curriculum instruction in how to use laptops to do everything from create assignments to control and monitor the laptops of students. From an OS X-equipped iBook, teachers can turn Internet access on and off, and see what students are working on."
"Apple is pushing training in primary and secondary schools, as well. Today, a day's lessons for teachers comes as part of a package sale to schools. Apple isn't just selling iBooks, it's teaching educators how to use them for everything from math instruction to making movies. Schools can buy a prepackaged cart of 10 iBooks, each preassembled with curriculum software and connected wirelessly through an Airport wireless base station on the cart. The teacher rolls the cart into the classroom, distributes the iBooks, and then packs it all up when the lesson is over. No mess, no fuss."
Apple also recently launched its X for Teachers Program, which gives Mac OS X v10.2 "Jaguar" to all qualifying K-12 teachers in the United States and Canada through December 31, 2002 and its .Mac for Education initiative offers schools the ability to purchase unlimited number of .Mac one-year subscriptions via purchase order at a special education institution price of $60 per user (minimum of 10 subscriptions).