Apple Launches New App for Teachers

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Apple has recently unveiled its latest app named ‘Schoolwork’. It costs nothing for teachers to download and was originally brought to light during Apple’s education event in Chicago in the United States in March this year. The app, which is cloud-based, gives teachers who are using iPads in the classroom the ability to create and distribute handouts, among other assignments via the app. What’s more, it gives them the chance to do the following:

  • Collaborate with students on an individual basis
  • Track students’ progress
  • Allows teachers to allocate particular activities through educational apps

What this means is that as opposed to requesting that students download an app and then instructing them on how to get to an individual task, faculty can now direct students straight to specific lessons with the simple use of an app.

The introduction of the app gives schools the capability of tapping into the power of Apple’s App Store ecosystem. This is something that has profited from being a more trusted experience, that has been well-curated and where many children’s app producers launch their innovative and updated apps first.

There are already existing educational apps that work in conjunction with Schoolwork, such as:

  • Explain Everything
  • Tynker
  • GeoGebra
  • Kahoot!

This will open up the opportunity for teaching staff to keep an eye on how their students are progressing with their work and offer guidance before it’s completed, therefore preventing pupils having to re-write entire assignments.

School Security

Apple also originally expressed its elevated privacy elements to encompass Schoolwork, and they ensured that this was reiterated again recently.

The schools that facilitate the app get to create, own and control the accounts that are used by their students, Apple noted, while also being able to regulate when student progress data is distributed.

Apple itself is unable to view student activity because it stays within the system.

It’s safe to say that privacy is a focal selling point at present and it could incite more of its hardware and software devices in the classroom if Apple chose to implement these types of assured security levels across more education-related apps.

Talking of associated apps, Schoolwork has been developed to work in conjunction with the Classroom app, which has been updated to run on both iPad and Mac systems, so they can buy used Apple computers without missing out!

The Classroom app is similar in that it lets teachers do an array of things, such as:

  • View students’ screen in class
  • Share documents with students
  • Assign shared iPads
  • Reset student passwords

For the students, Schoolwork can be used to see content teachers share, like:

  • Announcements
  • Handouts
  • Documents
  • PDFs
  • Web links

Watch a video on how Schoolwork works here:

Image and video courtesy of Sport Hub/YouTube.

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