Apple announces 30,000 iBooks deal with Florida’s Broward County Public Schools

Apple today announced that it will supply 30,000 new iBook G4s to Broward County Public Schools for use by all of its students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The iBooks will greatly increase students’ access to the latest technology for learning, authoring and communication.

“We’re excited to work with Broward County to provide students with the best learning tools available,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s executive vice president of Worldwide Sales and Operations in the press release. “Thousands of schools across the country have improved academic achievement with the help of Apple’s education solutions, and the addition of 30,000 iBooks will do much to help provide students with necessary 21st century skills.”

“As one of the nation’s leading school districts, Broward County Public Schools has long used technology to enhance teaching and learning,” said Dr. Frank Till, superintendent of Broward County Public Schools in the press release. “The new iBooks are ideally suited to meet the needs of our students, and demonstrate Apple’s commitment to education.”

Designed with education in mind, the new iBook is encased in a sleek, durable polycarbonate plastic enclosure and offers improved performance with either a 1.33 GHz or 1.42 GHz PowerPC G4 processor. Providing up to six hours of battery life for all-day use in the classroom, iBook features AirPort Extreme 54 Mbps 802.11g wireless networking. Every iBook also comes preloaded with Mac OS X and iLife ‘05, allowing students and teachers to make the most of digital movies, photos and music in school projects and presentations. The lightweight iBook fits easily in a backpack and its slot-load optical drive has no protruding trays or doors that can break. The new iBook also includes a scrolling TrackPad to easily scroll through long web pages or pan across large photographs and Apple’s Sudden Motion Sensor technology to help protect a spinning hard drive if the notebook is accidentally dropped.

[UPDATE, 9:54am EDT: Added “Florida’s” to headline.]

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  1. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” /> A school district that knows they will be getting a great teaching tool for all there kids.
    Unlike Henrico who will now be fighting the virus wars instead of having there kids learn anything. There is one upside, they will learn all the various utilities to fight viruses, spyware, and trojans. This way the next time they vote on which platform they’ll use they can all scream out we want Apple!

  2. Surely some dork on the school board will complain and they’ll reversre the decision and change to Dell because they’re cheaper and the machine is different but they do the same thing as the “expensive” Apples with the Appleworks OS.

  3. Another school crying for lack of funds, can’t afford to pay teachers yet 30 million suddenly shows up. What happens to these computers next year? Do they give them to the students or will they reuse them and for how many years. There are other classes that do not require a computer, why don’t they get desktops and share them? The life span would be greater and they would only need half as many. This is why they are always out of money, its not there money so it is easy to spend unresponsively.

  4. MacGoog, What is irresponsible spending is the palacial adminstration buildings that the school boards always find the funds to build. Meanwhile the students are sequestered to portable buildings and temporary classrooms. I think Broward County should be congratulated for investing in their students instead of investing in their middle management.

  5. Some one correct me if necessary, but the article is slightly misleading. According to Broward County’s web site (Ft. Lauderdale area), there are 272,000 students in the Broward school system from K-12. Maybe those 30,000 computers are for the use of all Broward students, but it appears that all Broward students are not getting one for personal use as in other school districts.

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