Apple and Education Minus Steve Jobs

Any school teacher who began in the 80’s surely remembers getting an Apple II in the classroom. And most of them remember when the Apple II’s became woefully inadequate. The big surprise was that technology would need to be replaced every few years — something most schools hadn’t counted on.

Today, Apple is often used synonymously with tech and education. Apple surrounds itself with Academic Fellows (According to Wikipedia, The Apple Fellowship has so far been awarded to a few individuals including Bill AtkinsonSteve Capps, Rod Holt, Alan KayGuy Kawasaki,Al AlcornDon NormanRich Page, and Steve Wozniak)  that greatly enhance the Apple education experience. The Apple Scholars Program is available to college-bound high school seniors who will attend a 2-year or 4-year accredited college or university in the fall.  And developers of apps gravitate towards the iOS platform like moths to a flame.

When the care2makeadifference ran an editorial asking whether Apple’s commitment to education would remain, they answered the question with Job’s own words.  “What keeps me up nights is, How do we make the best stuff? I think that Macs will be the coolest computers for kids in another year or two, and I think that’s very important.”

Apple has undoubtedly changed the face of education.  Will that continue.  I’m betting yes, but would love to hear from you.

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