Apple Partners with Canada's Province of Ontario for 21,000 iPads along with training videos for Teachers & more
During the daily COVID-19 update from the Premier of Ontario, Canada, on Friday, Doug Ford announced a new deal with Apple. Ford stated: "That's why we worked on a new partnership between Apple and Rogers with our Ontario School Boards. We're purchasing iPads at discounted prices for students in need. These iPads will have free wireless data and will help students from low income families continue their learning safely at home during this pandemic."
The video below starts as the Premium begins to speak about the partnership with Apple. Further below is a tweet from Apple's CEO on the new partnership.
Ontario Establishes Key Partnerships to Make Home Learning More Accessible
The official press release stated in-part: "The Ontario government has partnered with Rogers Communications and Apple to help meet the educational needs of students and families during the COVID-19 outbreak. iPad devices are being purchased and distributed by Ontario school boards, pre-equipped with free Rogers LTE wireless data. Apple is providing ongoing support in French and English to teachers, parents and students, with a collection of resources to support learning and working from home.
"This important partnership will enable students to learn while making technology accessible for those that truly need it," said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. "Our government is committed to ensuring equitable access to education, so that every child - irrespective of ability, geography or socio-economic circumstance - can continue their learning while schools are closed."
This week, Ontario school boards began distributing iPad devices to students who don't have either the technology or the Internet they need to access the Learn at Home program. To date, over 21,000 will be sent to the homes of families in need. The free Rogers wireless data will be available until the end of June.
Also, Apple is providing videos, apps and books to help teachers build engaging lessons for students at home, along with fun and creative activities that kids and families can do with the built-in features of the iPad device. Apple is also offering teachers free one-to-one virtual coaching by Apple Professional Learning Specialists.
In addition to providing free wireless data, Rogers is also working with Ontario school boards to provide high-speed, low-cost Internet to subsidized tenants and members of housing partners across Ontario through its Connected for Success program, as well as the Government of Canada Connecting Families initiative. The Province has accelerated the delivery of broadband Internet access, currently on track to be in every high school in Ontario by September 2020 and elementary school by September 2021.
"With this collaboration and commitment to ongoing support for remote learning, our school boards, Apple and Rogers clearly demonstrate the Ontario spirit and the incredible ability to overcome any obstacle for our kids," said Minister Lecce."
Students and teachers everywhere are doing incredible things. We are glad to work alongside Ontario’s Ministry of Education and school boards to help students access the technology they need to stay connected and #LearnAtHome https://t.co/RVq47Kiq4s— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 17, 2020