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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:

ARTICLE – Liveblog: Apple’s education-focuse media event in NYC ARTICLE – Update on business metrics from Apple’s education event ARTICLE – Apple releases iBooks 2, a brand new textbook experience for iPad ARTICLE – Apple to price new iBook textbooks at $14.99 or less ARTICLE – Apple announces iBooks Author, free Mac app for authoring textbooks ARTICLE – Apple launches iTunes U, free iOS app for educators to take courses anywhere ARTICLE – Apple 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 PR – Apple 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 CHANGELOG – iTunes 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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