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Apple Rolls Out "X For Teachers" In Europe: 300,000 US Teachers Have Claimed A Copy

Apple Rolls Out "X For Teachers" In Europe: 300,000 US Teachers Have Claimed A Copy

by , 11:00 AM EST, January 9th, 2003

In October of 2002, Apple rolled out a program to get Jaguar into the hands of teachers. The program was called "X for Teachers," and Apple announced this week that it would be introducing it to Europe. The company will be giving out copies of Jaguar to secondary and primary school teachers on the other side of The Pond. In the press release, Apple's European VP Pascal Cagni, also claimed that some 300,000 teachers in the US have already taken advantage of the program. From Apple:

Apple Europe announced that its "X for Teachers" program, launched in the US in October, will be rolled out across Europe to all Primary and Secondary school teachers. The program will allow teachers from qualifying schools to get hold of a "Mac OS X v10.2 Teacher's Kit" for free.

"We are excited to bring "X for Teachers" to Europe following the success in the US where almost 300,000 educators have claimed their copy of Mac OS X v10.2," said Pascal Cagni, Apple's European VP. "Offering every primary and secondary school teacher in Europe the opportunity to experience Mac OS X and learn how Apple's new operating system will benefit their working and teaching environment strongly reinforces Apple's commitment to the Education market."

Mac OS X v10.2 delivers a number of innovative applications and features to teachers, including:

  • Apple's innovative iPhoto, iMovie and iTunes applications that bring the Digital Hub to the classroom for easy integration of digital media into lessons and presentations;
  • Sherlock 3, Apple's all-new Internet services tool that makes it easy to find and display some of the most practical and useful information available on the Internet with a variety of "channels" like dictionary, thesaurus and language translation;
  • Address Book, a central database for student, parent and colleague contacts that allows users to enter information just once and access it from other applications;
  • a new Mail application that features junk mail filtering to identify and flag junk e-mail messages, especially those that contain material inappropriate for schools;
  • Universal Access includes the ability to magnify the screen, have highlighted text read aloud, and use special keyboard commands such as mouse keys, sticky keys and slow keys; and
  • unprecedented stability and performance from advanced features such as true protected memory, pre-emptive multitasking and advanced memory management.

Teachers can apply online for the kit at Apple's UK education site. That link also holds more information on eligibility requirements, and the like.

The Mac Observer Spin:

Apple's position in Europe is much less comfortable than in the US and Japan. However, one of the fields where Apple is still a dominant force, apart from the obvious art and publishing industries, is precisely in education. It's reassuring to see that Apple is still very much concerned with education sales in Europe. Many teachers do not have the resources to buy Mac OS X for themselves. This incentive gives them, and Apple, a wonderful opportunity to get acquainted with Apple's great OS.

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