President Obama may have had a lot to speak about during last night's State of the Union address, but he still found time to extend thanks to Apple and other tech companies for their efforts in education.
Back in June, we passed along the news that the Los Angeles Board of Education had approved a controversial measure to spend $30 million on iPads for students at a select group of schools. And now, as the L.A. Times reports (via Cult of Mac), the board is expanding the initiative to include 38 additional campuses, as well as buying laptop for students in seven high schools.
Apple's long been known for its commitment to educational institutions, but starting today, seven schools in the Netherlands are taking that focus on education to a whole new level. These so-called "Steve Jobs schools" emphasize the use of the iPad in an elementary school environment, with an emphasis on giving students everything they need to start their education on the popular tablet.
Yesterday afternoon the L.A. Times reported that Apple had snagged a $30 million deal to supply iPads to 30,000 students across 47 schools in Los Angeles beginning this fall. A press release issued by Apple this morning confirmed the report. You kind of have to admire the accidental timing--the announcement came right on the heels of the discovery that Microsoft had started selling its Surface RT tablet to educational institutions for $199.