Brands We Love: An Apple for Our Teachers

By Brandon Carter | Updated on Sep 19, 2011 4:07:52 AM

Access works with thousands of brands as part of our discount programs, and we love them all. Every so often we like to highlight a brand that we find particularly captivating. This post is brought to you by Access marketing assistant Ashley.

Last month Steve Jobs announced his resignation from the helm of Apple, bringing an end to one of the most innovative, influential CEO reigns the world has seen. I recalled a few years ago when it was announced that some schools and colleges were distributing iPhones and/or iPads to their students, which is now a somewhat common practice. What an amazing measure of innovation, when its considered something vital to the educational process. The pencil, paper, calculator, textbook and now, the iPad.

Then again, maybe the iPad replaces all of those.

It got us to thinking about the millions of educators Access works with, and how they utilize Apple products. Access and Apple want to help support our teachers in any way we can which is why the Apple Education Store is offering Access Educators up to 15% off when they buy online.

Back in the good ol’ days, children would give a shiny red apple to their teacher out of appreciation. It is believed that apples were given to teachers as a kind of payment for their service around the 16th-18th centuries.

We also associate apples with the Tree of Knowledge; and therefore, teachers. At Access, we believe teachers are important role models who feed knowledge to the world and help grow our future. They have a very important job to say the least.

The type of apple that is modernly associated with teachers and education is not the kind you eat. We love to help give our teachers Apple technology products, used to inspire creativity and encourage learning. A couple of ways Apple is used to facilitate learning include:

  • Tons of educational apps in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, History & Geography, Language Development, Art, Music, and Creativity.
  • Three iWork productivity applications for the iPad allow students and teachers to produce professional-quality documents, presentations, and spreadsheets.

Need ideas? Take a look at how teachers are currently putting their Apple products to good use:

  • At the Science Leadership Academy, a new curriculum was developed around the Mac and its learning tools. Students and staff research lessons on the Internet, talk about projects using iChat, post homework to the school’s website, and communicate through the school’s online bulletin board.
  • New Macs gave Greene County teachers the means to implement a more rigorous curriculum focused on interactive, project-based learning across all subjects.
  • At Central Elementary School, the iPod touch was used to get students excited about learning. The iPod touch and its available learning apps helped improve reading proficiency and math skills.

An apple for our teachers to show our appreciation. Thanks for all you do!

Topics: Educator Access, Loyalty Discount Cards, Merchant Discount Network, Discount Programs, Brands We Love, Retention, Access Development, brandswelove, loyalty programs, teachers, education, customer loyalty

Written by: Brandon Carter

Brandon is a writer and marketer for Access Development. He's a frequent blogger on customer and employee engagement & loyalty, consumer trends, and branding.

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