Apple Unveils $299 iPad to Spark
Building on its 40-year history in
transforming education, Apple today announced a new 9.7-inch iPad with
support for Apple Pencil1 and programs designed to spark student
creativity and inspire them to succeed.
Everyone Can Create is a new, free
curriculum that makes it fun and easy for teachers to integrate drawing,
music, filmmaking or photography into their existing lesson plans for
any subject. The new curriculum joins Apple’s successful Everyone Can
Code initiative as one-of-a-kind programs for teachers that keep
students excited and engaged.
The new 9.7-inch iPad helps
teachers and students be more creative.
Everyone Can Create is designed to
take advantage of the new 9.7-inch iPad and Apple Pencil, so teachers
and students can be even more creative. The new iPad starts at just
$2992 for schools and is more versatile and capable than ever, featuring
a large Retina display, the A10 Fusion chip, enhanced cameras and
advanced sensors and providing unmatched portability, ease of use and
all-day battery life.3 iPad also gives teachers and students access to
free, powerful, built-in apps like Pages, Numbers, Keynote, GarageBand,
Clips and iMovie, along with the more than 1.3 million apps in total
built for iPad in the App Store.
Apple also announced Schoolwork, a powerful new app that helps teachers
create assignments, see student progress and tap into the power of apps
in the classroom. Schoolwork builds on the success of Apple’s Classroom
app, which is used in schools around the world to help integrate iPad
into the classroom. Schoolwork and Classroom are designed to help
teachers and administrators get the most out of integrating Apple
technology into schools.
“Creativity sparks a deeper level of engagement in students, and we’re
excited to help teachers bring out that creativity in the classroom,”
said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide
Marketing. “When you combine the power of iPad, the creativity of Apple
Pencil, over a million iPad apps in the App Store, the rich curriculum
in Everyone Can Code and Everyone Can Create, and unique Classroom and
Schoolwork apps that support students and help schools manage technology
in the classroom, we believe we can amplify learning and creativity in a
way that only Apple can.”
Everyone Can Create was developed in partnership with educators and
creative professionals and helps students discover and build new skills.
Everyone Can Create is a range of free learning resources and teaching
guides that help teachers easily weave drawing, music, filmmaking or
photography into any lesson, topic or assignment. The curriculum gives
students different ways to express themselves and helps them to discover
and develop new skills.
Developed in collaboration with educators and creative professionals,
Everyone Can Create includes teacher and student guides, lessons, ideas
and examples to help teachers bring creativity and new communication
skills into their existing subjects like English, math, science and
history. For example, students can use the built-in camera in iPad to
learn about fractals or they can use Apple Pencil and apps like Tayasui
Sketches to learn about symmetry.
Beginning later this spring, Apple Stores will begin teaching Everyone
Can Create as part of their regular Today at Apple sessions for
educators. Apple’s 501 stores in 21 countries have already taught nearly
5,000 hands-on Teacher Tuesday sessions on topics including coding and
app design, movie and music creation, and presentations or spreadsheets.
Schoolwork is a new app that helps teachers create assignments, view
student progress and bring the power of apps to the classroom in
exciting new ways. Schoolwork features Handouts, an easy way to create
and send assignments with almost any type of content, from web links to
PDFs and documents.
With Schoolwork, teachers can take advantage of the power and creativity
of apps available on iPad. They can easily assign a specific activity
within an app and direct their students directly to the specific point
within the app. Popular education apps like Nearpod, Tynker and Kahoot
are already integrating support for Schoolwork.
There is a rich ecosystem of education apps available for iPad today.
Developers can now easily update their apps to take advantage of
Schoolwork by utilizing ClassKit, a new education framework, to make it
easy to assign activities and view student progress.
Schoolwork and apps that take advantage of it give teachers new insight
into how their students are performing, helping them tailor their
teaching to the needs and potential of individual students. With
Schoolwork, teachers have a snapshot of each student’s overall class
performance and can check on students’ app activities and progress on
a powerful teaching assistant that helps teachers manage student iPads
and guide students through lessons, keep them on track and share work,
is now coming to the Mac.
With Classroom, teachers can easily launch apps, books and webpages on
all student devices at once or send and receive documents. Classroom
lets teachers view student screens during class to help students stay
focused, assign shared iPads to specific students for class and even
reset a student’s password. The Mac version of the app will be available
in beta starting in June.
iCloud safely stores students’ documents and creative projects, keeping
them up to date, secure and accessible from any device. And starting
today, any teacher or student with a Managed Apple ID has access to
200GB of free iCloud storage.