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Apple has been collecting original iPad models donated by iPad 2 buyers in a program supporting Teach for America, which trains college graduates to handle the job of teaching in the nation's poorest schools.

According to a report by Phillip Elmer-Dewitt writing for Fortune, more than 9,000 members of the Teach for America corps were each offered refurbished iPads.

The program asked new teachers in an email, "What could an iPad do for your classroom and your students? Well, we're asking you to help us answer this question."

Apple has been distributing the new hardware over the past two weekends. The report cited Katie Remington, a new teacher running the science department in an inner-city St. Louis school, as having received a like-new refurbished model.

After her first day with the new device Remington wrote, "So far, I've figured out it can make them finish their work fast for 'iPad time.'"

Steve Jobs' wife Laurene Powell sits on the board of directors of the Teach for America program. The program targets 15 million American children who live in poverty, working to deliver an excellent education for disadvantaged kids.

The program helps pay for students' relocation costs and student loans in exchange for a two year commitment to work in under-resourced urban and rural public school.
post #2 of 26
Sweet! Got a similar local & private deal collecting iPad 1s & even 2s for use by schools for non-neurotypical. Bravo Apple and Apple customers.
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FIrst I wanna say I think this is an awesome, awesome idea. No one wants the first iPad anymore and if these kids start learning the OS, they'll be more inclined to prefer it in the future.

But with that being said, Inner City + Demanded piece of tech gear = ___________ .

Good luck teachers and smaller kids walking home. Hope you can download some kind of karate app.
post #4 of 26
Again Apple drops the ball, they have to resources to just give these kids iPads. their idea of charity is for others to do the buying, jeez.
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Apple has been collecting original iPad models donated by iPad 2 buyers in a program supporting Teach for America, which trains college graduates to handle the job of teaching in the nation's poorest schools. ...

It's great that a bunch of folks got free iPads and all, but I wonder when (if ever!) people will finally realise that throwing technology at a classroom doesn't actually help anyone learn any better?

Computers for poor kids, just makes the first-world types feel better about their choices. It doesn't magically help kids learn any better or improve their lives. The OLPC fiasco proved that definitively even if the decades of earlier research didn't convince anyone yet.
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Again Apple drops the ball, they have to resources to just give these kids iPads. their idea of charity is for others to do the buying, jeez.

all I can do is laugh; not even worth getting annoyed over such inanity.
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all I can do is laugh; not even worth getting annoyed over such inanity.

I couldn't even laugh.
post #8 of 26
Read carefully people. The donated iPads are going to the teachers for use in the classroom.

It's ok if your lips move as you read if that increases comprehension.
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for a two year commitment to work in under-resourced urban and rural public school.

Typo #4 today...should be plural - - schools
post #10 of 26
Again Apple interferes in a prime Android market.

Cheers
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Read carefully people. The donated iPads are going to the teachers for use in the classroom.

It's ok if your lips move as you read if that increases comprehension.

So Apple rewards people who specifically teach under the worst conditions to those who need it most. Those bastards.

Personally i think they should reward all teachers, and the kids in the inner city schools as well, but then someone would bitch about their iPad costing too much so Apple can afford to give them away, and then there would WSJ articles about how Apple rewards those lucky duckies, and some tea-bagger would yell about class warfare.....

Yeah, never mind.
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post #12 of 26
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Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post

It's great that a bunch of folks got free iPads and all, but I wonder when (if ever!) people will finally realise that throwing technology at a classroom doesn't actually help anyone learn any better?

Computers for poor kids, just makes the first-world types feel better about their choices. It doesn't magically help kids learn any better or improve their lives. The OLPC fiasco proved that definitively even if the decades of earlier research didn't convince anyone yet.

There was a huge move to put technology in all the schools in poor towns in Mexico with President Fox, turns out a lot of those small towns didn't even have electricity and all of this "amazing" technology was left, right there, collecting dust.
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Read carefully people. The donated iPads are going to the teachers for use in the classroom.

It's ok if your lips move as you read if that increases comprehension.

+++ To this comment. Do people read the article or just the headline?
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Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post

It's great that a bunch of folks got free iPads and all, but I wonder when (if ever!) people will finally realise that throwing technology at a classroom doesn't actually help anyone learn any better?

Computers for poor kids, just makes the first-world types feel better about their choices. It doesn't magically help kids learn any better or improve their lives. The OLPC fiasco proved that definitively even if the decades of earlier research didn't convince anyone yet.

I'm not sure anyone expects this to magically fix our education system but certainly it can be a handy tool. I think it's good they are sharing and if that makes "first worlder types" feel better then that's fine too.
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No one wants the first iPad anymore

I'm mystified by this.

I have access to both units and I like the "feel" of my iPad 1 because of the flat edges. The curved edges of the iPad 2 drive me nuts.

The iPad 2 is ever so slightly snappier. That's it.
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I'm mystified by this.

I have access to both units and I like the "feel" of my iPad 1 because of the flat edges. The curved edges of the iPad 2 drive me nuts.

The iPad 2 is ever so slightly snappier. That's it.

A silly consideration but it means being able to take your iPad places cameras are a no no. Yeah performance is better on the new model but the old can be hassle free just about anywhere.
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I'm mystified by this.

Me too! Nobody wants a product that is barely a year and half old?! Maybe no tech enthusiast wants it but I am sure a large amount of the general population does. When I went to school in the late 90s we still had several PCs that where running Windows 3.1, a lab full of old, very slow Mac Classics, and even a few Apple IIs. Apple was giving a big discount on several of their machines at the time which where quite new. Being able to use those machines was a huge benefit over using any of those other machines. I wasn't complaining because they were a year or two old.
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Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post

It's great that a bunch of folks got free iPads and all, but I wonder when (if ever!) people will finally realise that throwing technology at a classroom doesn't actually help anyone learn any better?

Computers for poor kids, just makes the first-world types feel better about their choices. It doesn't magically help kids learn any better or improve their lives. The OLPC fiasco proved that definitively even if the decades of earlier research didn't convince anyone yet.

I hear what you are saying but it bothers me. I have taught in both inner city schools and ones in well to do neighbourhoods. When the schools in better areas get new technology in the classroom, it is hailed as progressive and people say "wow they are really fortunate." When the inner city schools get the same equipment, many people think it is a wasted effort and they denigrate the move to improve the tools the teacher has.

You are right that just by putting computers in classrooms does not "magically" make them learn better. This is true not just for "poor kids", but rich kids too. But if the technology is used properly, it does help, a lot. In fact, I would say it helps the "poor kids" more because they may not have had the same exposure to computers as the wealthier kids. Although now days this may not be so accurate. But the point is that nothing happens on it's own. A book sitting on a table does not teach a child. The book must be opened and it must be able to be read by the student to be helpful. Same with computers. This is where training for the teachers comes in to play. Parents, if you ever wondered what PED days are for, this is one of the reasons. Training.

So as I jump off my soap box, let me just end by saying that having iPads in the class can be great. What Apple is doing is a nice gesture. But as one of the other posters said in here, it would be nice if they just outright donated iPads instead of simply brokering the donation.

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I'm mystified by this.

I have access to both units and I like the "feel" of my iPad 1 because of the flat edges. The curved edges of the iPad 2 drive me nuts.

The iPad 2 is ever so slightly snappier. That's it.

ha ha haaa, you said snappy

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Again Apple drops the ball, they have to resources to just give these kids iPads. their idea of charity is for others to do the buying, jeez.

A lot of companies have the resources to do different things but don't do anything. Hate to ruin your fantasy but public companies are not established to benefit mankind.
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post #21 of 26
This is amazing. Kudos to Apple on this program!
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I am one of the Teach for America Los Angeles corps members to get an iPad. I have not picked it up yet though.
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Get a life jerk!

A lot of companies have the resources to do different things but don't do anything. Hate to ruin your fantasy but public companies are not established to benefit mankind.

maybe so but in your world its ok for companies to you move their goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; they hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; they were safe in their factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. they do not have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything in their factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did. but still they give nothing back to the community.
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Read carefully people. The donated iPads are going to the teachers for use in the classroom.

Yes, for those who skim (and then bother to comment, wft?), these iPads are going to the "teachers", but it's questionable if you can really call them that. They are actually trainees, who have had only 5 weeks of coaching, who are about to get thrust into a full-fledged classroom, with real students.

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So Apple rewards people who specifically teach under the worst conditions to those who need it most. Those bastards.

Yours is not the only comment to reflect this attitude, but very few people here on this board understand the real picture of what's happening. TfA is not the "nice" organization it's made out to be in this article and PED's article.

TfA, Teach for America, or as it's otherwise known: Teach for Awhile, began as an organization with great ideals; helping the poorest of the poor in our country. But it's grown and morphed into an ugly organization that only kinda-sorta still does what it started out to do. Now it's more of a politically-motivated organization that's a huge money-maker for its founders and executives, and a stepping stone to other careers for its "corp members".

There are some regions where they still provide a valuable service in some of the poorest, desperate districts, where the alternative is emergency substitutes. However, that's not what TfA is doing these days. Now they are pushing, bribing, misleading, lying and forcing their way into many major cities around the country, into places where there are already LOTS of qualified teachers looking for jobs. And they're not doing this as a free service, no no no, they are taking substantial amounts of payments to place these kids in schools. Inexperienced kids teaching kids.

Not only does TfA charge for placement, but it costs more money in extra training, support from other staff, and to top off the insult, most of these TfA "teachers" leave after 2 years. That's all they're "obligated" for. So just as they're hitting their stride as teachers, they leave to pursue other, more lucrative opportunities. Leaving the kids with a rookie teacher the following year.

This isn't just me spouting some rumors, this has been researched to death in the past few years, but the TfA organization has gotten in bed with many very rich and powerful people, and has been involved in huge influence-peddling around the country. Here in Seattle their supporters bought a majority of school board seats last election (over half a million dollars in campaign contributions!), and we're paying the price.

The TfA kids (at least many of them) may be well-meaning, but the organization is not, and is certainly not one that deserves Apple's support. It's very sad that Steve Jobs' wife sits on the TfA Board, they don't deserve her anymore.
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Here's a detailed, evidence-based report; anyone even slightly interested should read the executive summary:

Teach For America: A Review of the Evidence
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