Today Apple hosted an educational event in Chicago called “Let’s Take a Field Trip”, announcing new technologies to assist in education. While unveiling their new 9.7-inch iPad and the Apple Pencil stylus, Apple also explained forthcoming apps and programs to make the lives of teachers all around the world a lot easier. Keep reading to see how Apple is planning to fully integrate their technology into education.
Apple’s new “Schoolwork” app will give teachers the ability to give assignments through third-party apps, finding a digital solution to children who claim to have forgotten their assignments. The “Classroom” app will be released for Mac in June and is in beta for iPad. This app allows students to follow along with lessons digitally.
“Everyone Can Create” is a curriculum that will be used to inspire creativity and success in students. Teachers will be able to integrate art into their lesson plans with the assistance of Apple technology. The curriculum is centered around the new 9.7-inch iPad and Apple Pencil stylus. Their “shared iPad” feature will also make it possible for several students to use one iPad while leaving admin controls to the school.
Apple is also starting a program titled “Everyone Can Code” that will revolutionize education by giving children first hand experience in coding languages. More than just using code as a technological language, Apple thinks teaching coding will allow children “to solve problems and work together in creative ways”. Their language Swift was designed to be simple to learn and write so as children write their code, they can visualize the immediate results in an innovative dual-screen mode.