The Ontario government has announced that iPads are being purchased and distributed by Ontario school boards, pre-equipped with free Rogers LTE wireless data for low-income students. The free Rogers wireless data will be available until the end of June.
The government has partnered with Rogers Communications and Apple for this initiative.
This week, Ontario school boards began distributing iPad to students who don’t have either the technology or the internet they need to access the Learn at Home program. As per the government, over 21,000 iPads will be sent to the homes of families in need. Rogers is providing with free Rogers LTE wireless data 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.
In addition, Rogers will provide eligible householdswith high-speed Internet with no overage fees for $9.99 monthly.
According to the news release Apple is providing 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. Apple is also offering teachers free one-to-one virtual coaching by Apple Professional Learning Specialists.
The government also said that the Province has accelerated the delivery of broadband internet access, currently on track to be in every high school in Ontario by September 2020 and elementary school by September 2021.
“With this collaboration and commitment to on-going support for remote learning, our school boards, Apple and Rogers clearly demonstrate the Ontario spirit and the incredible ability to overcome any obstacle for our kids,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education