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Apple’s education event is underway at New York City’s Guggenheim Museum, where Phil Schiller, the company’s vice president of worldwide marketing, provided an update on key metrics related to Apple’s education business. Remarking that the United States “is not at the top of industrialized nations,” Schiller said: “If you’re a freshman, you only have a 70 percent chance of graduating.”

After playing a video that outlined the problem with U.S. education today, Schiller said “no one person or company” could fix it all. Apple, of course, will try. The basis for such an ambitious undertaking, of course, is the iPad, which Schiller said was No. 1 on kids wish lists this holiday season. The goal is to help integrate the iPad into the curriculum.

However, the iPad is already strong in education. Here are some interesting metrics:

- more than 20,000 education apps in the App Store, explicitly for iPad
- some of the apps mentioned on stage include The Elements, Frog Dissection, Virtual Rome, Art Authority, and more)
- there are now over 1.5 million iPads in use in education institutions
- over a thousand iPads are used in one-to-one programs
- iBookstore is “packed with books”
- over 700 million downloads from iTunes U

Check out our full coverage of Apple’s education event and additional assets:

ARTICLELiveblog: Apple’s education-focuse media event in NYC
ARTICLEUpdate on business metrics from Apple’s education event
ARTICLEApple releases iBooks 2, a brand new textbook experience for iPad
ARTICLEApple to price new iBook textbooks at $14.99 or less
ARTICLEApple announces iBooks Author, free Mac app for authoring textbooks
ARTICLEApple launches iTunes U, free iOS app for educators to take courses anywhere
ARTICLEApple releases iTunes 10.5.3 with support for textbook syncing to iPad
ARTICLEHeartwarming clip of teachers and students Apple played at the presser
ARTICLEAn overview of publishing and distribution for iBooks Author
VIDEO - Gallery of elements that can be used for interactive iBooks
VIDEOThe iBooks Textbooks promo
PR - Apple reinvents textbooks with iBooks 2 for iPad
PRApple unveils all-new iTunes U app for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch
SUPPORT - iBooks Author: Best practices for using 3D models
SUPPORT - iBooks Author: Use iPad-safe fonts when authoring books
SUPPORT - iBooks Author – How to make your iBooks accessible
SUPPORT - iBooks Author – Add video to your iBooks
SUPPORT - iBooks Author – Publishing and distribution FAQ
CHANGELOGiTunes 10.5.3 for Mac
CHANGELOGiTunes 10.5.3 for Windows (64 bit)
APP STOREiBooks Textbooks section in iTunes
APP STOREiTunes U for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
APP STOREiBooks 2 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
APP STOREiBooks Author for Mac

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