Apple has unveiled a new 9.7-inch iPad with support for Apple Pencil and multiple programmes aimed at the education market.
Everyone Can Create is a new, free curriculum that the tech giant says 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 Everyone Can Code initiative and is designed to take advantage of the new 9.7-inch iPad and Apple Pencil.
The new iPad starts at a discounted price for schools, 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. It also sports the usual built-in apps like Pages, Numbers, Keynote, GarageBand, Clips and iMovie.
Apple has also announced Schoolwork, a new app that its says helps teachers create assignments, see student progress and tap into the power of apps. Schoolwork builds on Apple’s Classroom app, which is used in schools 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 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 is designed to give 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.