Ontario Partners With Apple and Rogers to Provide iPads to Students

Ontario Partners With Apple and Rogers to Provide iPads to Students

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The Government of Ontario (Canada) is partnering with Apple and Rogers Communications to provide iPads and Internet access to students during the COVID-19 outbreak.

iPad is being purchased and distributed by Ontario school boards, pre-equipped with free Rogers LTE wireless data. Apple is providing on-going support in French and English to teachers, parents and students, with a collection of resources to support learning and working from home.

"This important partnership will enable students to learn while making technology accessible for those that truly need it," said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. "Our government is committed to ensuring equitable access to education, so that every child - irrespective of ability, geography or socio-economic circumstance - can continue their learning while schools are closed."

Ontario school boards began distributing iPads this week to students who don't have the technology to learn at home. Over 21,000 will be sent to families in need. Rogers will offer free wireless data until the end of June.

Apple will provide videos, apps and books to help teachers build engaging lessons for students at home, along with fun and creative activities that kids and families can do with the built-in features of iPad. It will also offer teachers free one-to-one virtual coaching by Apple Professional Learning Specialists.

Rogers is also working with school boards to provide high-speed, low-cost internet to subsidized tenants and members of housing partners across Ontario through its Connected for Success program, as well as the Government of Canada Connecting Families initiative.

Quick Facts
● Ontario’s Ministry of Education has collaborated with educators, school boards, Apple and Rogers to support the Learn at Home program with an iPad and integrated wireless remote learning solution to help meet the educational needs of our province’s families.
● Working with Apple and Rogers, Ontario school boards now have access to affordable solutions with iPad, which is the most secure device for education that’s also easy to use, and to manage and deploy — so that no student is left behind while schools are closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
● iPad will be purchased and distributed by Ontario school boards, pre-equipped with Rogers LTE wireless data. Rogers is providing this plan at no cost for the balance of the school year (until June 30, 2020). Students and families do not need to contact Rogers to set the devices up.
● School boards will determine requirements for student eligibility to receive an iPad.
In addition, Rogers is allowing eligible households to sign up for high-speed Internet with no overage fees for $9.99 monthly.


Ontario Partners With Apple and Rogers to Provide iPads to Students

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