Apple’s Schoolwork App, which was announced at company’s education event early this year, is now available for teachers to use. The app is meant to be used on iPad including the new $329 iPad announced primarily for educators. The app allows teachers to easily distribute and co-ordinate classroom tasks like creating assignments and track progress of individual students.
The Schoolwork app is part of Apple’s renewed focus into the K-12 education segment. The application will challenge the new Google Classroom which runs on devices powered by Chrome OS and has over 60 percent market share in the US. With Apple Schoolwork, teachers can write notes, send PDFs and include web links while creating assignments. The app can also be used to assign activities to students within other apps.
Apple says popular education apps including Explain Everything, Tynker, GeoGebra and Kahoot! work directly with Schoolwork. Schoolwork and other apps supporting it give teachers insight into how their students are performing and can be used to tailor their teaching according to needs of individual students. Teachers also have a snapshot of their class performance and can check on progress of individual students across activities.
The Schoolwork app is designed with privacy and security features in mind and Apple says school get to create, own and control the accounts used by their students. They also have the control to decide when student progress information is shared. The new app works alongside existing Classroom app, which helps teachers keep students focused on a specific app or website.
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Schoolwork and other education-centric apps are designed with iPad in mind. The Cupertino-based tech giant has also announced new set of tools for developers called ClassKit. School and Classroom will work with the lower priced iPad with Apple Pencil support, which is priced at $299 for students.