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Apple strengthen­s its classroom presence

Schoolwork joins Classroom to round out the ipad school suite.

- BY ROMAN LOYOLA

Along with the new ipad with Apple Pencil support (see page 37) that’s getting all of the attention, Apple used its recent education event in Chicago to unveil a host of new tools to allow teachers and students to make the most of their Apple devices, including the Everyone Can Create curriculum and Schoolwork app, as well as an expansion of the Classroom app. Here’s what they do and how schools can use them.

EVERYONE CAN CREATE CURRICULUM

Developed by Apple with input from educators and creative pros, Everyone

Can Create ( go.macworld.com/evcr) is a free resource available to teachers and students that allows for the integratio­n of videos, photos, illustrati­ons, and music into lessons or assignment­s. Teachers can create interactiv­e lessons, while students can make active projects. It’s part of the Everyone Can Code project.

When used with the new 9.7-inch ipad with an Apple Pencil ($329 on Apple.com [ go.macworld.com/byip]), the stylus can be used to draw or write directly into

Everyone Can Create curriculum.

Everyone Can Create will be available later this spring, and lessons will be available as Today at Apple sessions at the Apple Store.

SCHOOLWORK CLASSROOM MANAGMENT

Teachers currently have access to a variety of classroom management applicatio­ns. Many of them are web-based, and most of them have serious shortcomin­gs. Apple is joining the fray with Schoolwork, which it says is a better solution.

Schoolwork, an ipad app, allows teachers to manage and create class assignment­s and monitor student progress. A major difference between Schoolwork and other similar apps, Apple says, is that

Schoolwork can work with other apps on the ipad that have implemente­d the Classkit API. Teachers can use Schoolwork to assign specific tasks within another app, or take students to a specific point within that app. Apps that are currently implementi­ng Classkit include Kahoot, Nearpod, and Tynker.

Schoolwork integrates into Apple’s existing Classroom app, which also received an update.

CLASSROOM FOR MAC

For teachers who already use ipads in the classroom, the Classroom app is a powerful tool for managing ipad usage. Apple will soon release Classroom for Mac, which will be available as a beta this June.

Classroom can be used to launch apps, books, and webpages on student devices. It also lets teachers see the screens of student ipads, as well as other administra­tive tasks. ■

Teachers currently have access to a variety of classroom management applicatio­ns. Many of them are web-based, and most of them have serious shortcomin­gs.

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