What Are Apple ConnectED Grants?


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The Apple ConnectED grants provided support for President Obama's ConnectED Initiative by supplying technological and financial support to schools across the nation, explains the School Library Journal. Overall, Apple donated $100 million to numerous schools across the nation through its ConnectED grants.

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President Obama created the ConnectED Initiative in 2013 to improve K-12 education by endowing schools and teachers with the best technology and digital content. The vast majority of schools, however, do not possess the broadband necessary to teach using modern technology, according to Whitehouse.gov. Thus, the five-year ConnectED Initiative aims to give 99 percent of American students full access to next generation broadband and high-speed Internet by 2018.

In cooperation with the ConnectED Initiative, Apple announced on October 27, 2014 that it would allocate grants to 114 schools across 29 states. The grants included not only funds, but iPads, Apple TV's, and assistance on how to incorporate the new technology into each school's respective curriculum. Of the schools that received an Apple ConnectED grant, 92 percent of the total student body contained students from families of limited means and/or minority heritage, such as Black, Hispanic and Native American. In fact, the School Library Journal cites the Apple ConnectED website as stating that 96 percent of the students qualified for the free lunch program.

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