The teacher training program Teach For America has decided to give its graduates a reward for their efforts, thanks to Apple.
The company has donated several thousand first-generation iPads to program members, which were recently distributed over the first couple of weeks in September. All 9,000 members across 38 states were offered these devices as a thank-you for taking part in educating today’s youth and were encouraged to use them as part of their teaching process .
The iPads were provided by Apple through a generous donation program that was introduced with the launch of the iPad 2. Original iPad owners who upgraded were given the option of donating their first-generation devices to the Teach For America program, and many owners generously obliged.
As a result, many iPads have found great new homes to help both teachers and kids in challenging learning environments. Among them is Kate Remington, a graduate of Middlebury 2010 class, who uses a refurbished model at her inner-city school to help teach science. “So far,” she wrote on the first day of use, “I’ve figured out it can make them finish their work fast for ‘iPad time.’”