Apple Demonstrates Major Commitment To Education at NECC
Tuesday, June 26, 2001
NECC, CHICAGO, June 25 - Apple today demonstrated its ongoing commitment to providing innovative technology solutions for education at the National Educational Computing Conference in Chicago. During the opening keynote, Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, announced that three more school districts, Chicago Public Schools, the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Fremont Union High School District, will be implementing the PowerSchool from Apple student information system. "Apple is number one in education portables, number one in education wireless networking, number one in education digital media solutions like desktop movie making, and now number one in web-based student information systems with PowerSchool,'' said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "We're listening to teachers, students, parents and administrators and working as hard as we can to deliver the best solutions possible to education.'' At NECC, Apple is highlighting its industry-leading educational technology for students, teachers and administrators including: -- Wirelessly-networked notebook computers which give educators the flexibility to have computer-assisted learning anywhere and everywhere in the school -- without wires. Student's and teacher's access to computers is no longer limited to computer labs, freeing these labs to return to badly-needed classrooms. IDC data highlights that Apple is the number one supplier for notebook computers to education, and Apple's new iBook(TM) is already a huge hit in education. Apple is also number one in education wireless networking with its AirPort(TM) wireless local area network (LAN) solution. -- Digital Media -- Tools from Apple, including iMovie(TM) and iDVD, enhance learning and make school more engaging and motivating for students. Apple is offering a hands on opportunity to create iMovies and demonstrating student work created with iMovie and other Apple technologies like Final Cut Pro. Demonstrations will also include how teachers can share their students class work with parents using the HomePage feature of Apple's iTools for education. -- PowerSchool from Apple -- Nearly 3,000 schools have committed to using PowerSchool, the leading web-based student information system which gives teachers, administrators and districts the ability to easily and cost-effectively manage student records and make data-driven decisions to improve performance of their schools while allowing parents to track their children's progress in real time-from any type of computer, anywhere. PowerSchool software will enable Chicago Public Schools, the nation's third largest school district with 601 schools and over 434,000 students; the Archdiocese of Baltimore, with 100 schools and 37,000 students; and California's Fremont Union High School District, with five schools and nearly 9,000 students, to perform a variety of tasks ranging from student scheduling to student record management and communication through an easy to use web-based interface. The Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Fremont Union High School District will be taking advantage of the application service provider (ASP) version of PowerSchool, freeing the school district from installing and managing additional central servers and software. With today's announcement, nearly 3,000 schools nation-wide have committed to PowerSchool. Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Apple is committed to bringing the best personal computing experience to students, educators, creative professionals and consumers around the world through its innovative hardware, software and Internet offerings.