Apple to Supply iBooks for Cobb County One-to-One Computer Learning Initiative
CUPERTINO, California and COBB COUNTY, Georgia — May 2, 2005—Apple® today announced that the Cobb County School District has selected Apple as its supplier in the largest ever one-to-one computer learning initiative. The district’s program, named “Power To Learn,” plans for Apple to provide iBook® G4s to every student and teacher in the district, starting with deployment this fall of more than 17,000 iBooks for teachers district-wide and students at four high schools designated as demonstration sites. Pending school board approval, the second and third phases of the program will equip all Cobb County high school and middle school students with iBooks beginning in 2006, resulting in a total deployment of 63,000 iBooks.
“We’re thrilled to work with Cobb County public schools on this landmark one-to-one initiative,” said Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s executive vice president of Worldwide Sales and Operations. “School districts across the country have improved student achievement with the help of Apple’s one-to-one solutions, and this ambitious project will give Cobb County students a tremendous academic advantage.”
“The Power to Learn program represents a giant step forward for education in Cobb County,” said Joseph Redden, superintendent of the Cobb County School District. “Apple’s combination of innovative technology, world-class technical support and unparalleled experience in the education market make it an ideal partner.”
Designed with education in mind, the iBook G4 is encased in a sleek, durable polycarbonate plastic enclosure and offers superb performance with either a 1.2 GHz or 1.33 GHz PowerPC G4 processor. Providing up to six hours of battery life for all-day use in the classroom, the iBook offers 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.
Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning desktop and notebook computers, OS X operating system, and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital music revolution with its iPod portable music players and iTunes online music store.
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