California State University Offering iPad Air, Apple Pencil, and Keyboard to 35,000 Incoming Students
California State University today announced the launch of a new CSUCCESS program that is designed to provide equitable opportunities to students through the use of technology.
The first phase of the initiative will see CSU providing a 64GB iPad Air, Apple Pencil, and Apple Smart Keyboard Folio to all incoming first year and transfer students at eight participating campuses in Fall 2021. Students will need to register to participate, and the CSUCCESS website says that with a keyboard attachment and pencil, the iPad Air is "comparable to a laptop."
CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro said that the initiative will "assure that students have immediate access to innovative, new mobile tools they need to support their learning," with the iPad Air serving as a "powerful tool" that will prepare students for their future careers.
Susan Prescott, Apple's Vice President of Education and Enterprise Marketing, said that Apple is "thrilled" about the iPad Air rollout at CSU campuses.
"At Apple, we believe that education is a powerful force for equity and opportunity, and that technology can empower all students to achieve their goals," said Susan Prescott, Apple's Vice President of Education and Enterprise Marketing. "We're thrilled that iPad Air and the incredible education apps in the App Store will be central to the experience at CSU campuses across California, and will play a part in the learning and career development of students from Humboldt to San Marcos."
Students at the CSU campuses located in Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Fresno, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Maritime Academy, Northridge and San Marcos will be participating in the first phase of the program.
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Giving them ALL an M1 MacBook Air would have been a much, much smarter decision !
But in a class room setting, iPad Air + Pencil 2 + Magic Keyboard combo can be superior for taking notes. Rear camera for quickly taking pictures and Pencil for drawing diagrams and writing equations.
Now, for some majors, a laptop is a must if you are doing regression analysis, (partial) differential equations, serious financial analysis, etc.
I would say as long as most can navigate through an office suite they have the computational skills they need.
Yes. I never liked the iWorks moniker, since my first WP was AppleWorks on a ][+. AppleWorks, IMHO, has a nicer ring to it. Just me being cantankerous.
Now, get off my lawn...