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On Mar., 27 Apple held its Let’s Take a Field Trip Event at the Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago. Apple CEO Tim Cook started off the morning by explaining how education is an important focus for Apple. He discussed Apple’s educational initiatives, including its Swift Playgrounds app which is a general-purpose, multi-paradigm, compiled programming language for learning how to code. Additionally, he mentioned the Today at Apple sessions at local Apple Stores where people can learn how to use their devices and more. Cook stated how Apple is “also working with 40 STEM organizations around the world to bring coding to even more kids of all backgrounds.”
After speakers such as Cathleen Richardson, a ConnectED executive at Apple, and Cassey Williams, a teacher at Woodberry Down Primary gave their testament, Cook invited Greg Joswiak: Apple marketing executive, to talk about iPad and introduced a new 9.7-inch iPad with Touch ID. The tech specs for the new 9.7-inch iPad include an 8-megapixel rear camera, a FaceTime HD front camera, an A10 Fusion chip, up to 10 hours of battery life, Touch ID, up to 300 Mbps LTE, GPS and Compass, Apple Pencil support, accelerometer, and gyroscope.
One of the many major selling points incorporated into the new iPad is compatibility with the Apple Pencil. This feature contributes to the convenience of note taking on the 9.7-inch iPad.
In addition to the release of the new iPad, Apple announced it has updated its iWork suite with new versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote that support Apple Pencil. This will permit users to interact with software to add drawings to reports in Pages or Keynote, for example. This feature will be called Smart Annotation, but won’t be available when the new iPads launch. The new iPad manages to contain all of these features while limiting the weight to only one pound, making it extremely light and portable.
Apple also announced that its iOS app Classroom, a teaching assistant that helps teachers manage their students’ iPads and guide kids through lessons, will be making the move to Mac and a set of beta software will be available in June. Classroom allows teachers to view what students are working on and launch apps/activities for them as a class.
Another education benefit that Apple announced is Schoolwork a new cloud-based app which will be available in June. The app has the ability to assign handouts such as PDFs and documents, as well as track the progress of students.
Finally, the company introduced a new “Everyone Can Create” curriculum that’s similar to “Everyone Can Code,” but is more focused on creative pursuits like photography, video making, music, and art.
The new 9.7-inch iPad will be available at a starting price of 329 dollars and 299 dollars exclusively for schools. Additionally, Apple Pencil is available at a discounted price of 89 dollars for schools and 99 dollars regularly.
(Sources: MacRumors, Apple, Engadget)