Apple: ConnectED program now reaches over 32,000 students

By Cody Lee on Aug 10, 2016

Apple on Wednesday announced that its ConnectED efforts now reach over 32,000 students. In a note on its website, the company said that as of the start of the 2016 school year, there are 32,145 students at underserved public schools in the US that are learning on iPad through the program. Read More

 

Apple releases Education Starter Guides for iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2016

Integrating the iPad into curriculum just got easier as Apple yesterday released a collection of guidebooks on the iBooks Store that its educational teams designed to help educators learn how to use iPads and first-party apps in the classroom. The new Education Starter Guides for iPad series consist of six interactive guidebooks with photos and videos.

Created and published published by Apple’s in-house Education team, the new e-books are promoted in an email blast to iTunes U users and on the Education section of the iBooks Store. Read More

 

Annual Apple Summer Camp launches for kids eager to learn using technology creatively

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 21, 2016

Apple Retail today launched its annual summer camps for kids eight to twelve years old. The workshops are available in North America and across a bunch of European countries and revolve around lessons designed to teach kids how to use technology creatively. Some of the workshops cover topics like “Stories in Motion with iMovie”, “Interactive Storytelling with iBooks” and “Coding Games and Programming Robots”.

Registrations are now open, you can sign up here. Read More

 

iTunes U gains new import options and other perks in latest App Store update

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 8, 2016

Apple’s iTunes U application has received a refresh in the App Store, bringing out a few new features. For starters, iTunes U 3.3 for iOS now takes advantage of third-party Document Provider extensions.

This enables iPhone, iPod touch and iPad owners to easily add new materials from various cloud services for which they have an app installed on their device, such as iCloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox and so forth. Read More

 

Apple’s 2016 Back to School promo goes live in the United States and Canada

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2016

Having launched in Australia and New Zealand in January, Apple announced that its annual Back to School promotion is live starting today through September 5, 2016 at Apple retail and campus stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.

The promotion gives qualifying students, parents of students and educators who buy an eligible Mac with education pricing a free pair of Beats Solo2 Wireless headphones, or Powerbeats2 Wireless for eligible iPhone or iPad purchases. Read More

 

$4.99 Apple Music subscriptions now available to eligible students in seven countries

By Christian Zibreg on May 6, 2016

As first reported by TechCrunch, Apple’s begun offering half-price Apple Music subscriptions to students who are enrolled in an eligible college or university.

Costing just $4.99 per month in the United States with the same features as the regular $9.99 per month plan for consumers, the fifty percent discount is now available to students in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

The company is working with UNiDAY, a student verification technology provider, to ensure that students who sign up are actually enrolled in classes. Read More

 

iTunes U gains support for Shared iPad feature, Spotlight Search integration and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 24, 2016

iTunes U, Apple’s application that gives you access to its collection of free education content on iTunes and lets you create your own teaching material, was refreshed today in the App Store with half a dozen new features.

Among the biggest enhancements is integration with iOS 9’s Spotlight Search as well as support for the Managed Apple IDs and the Shared iPad features, which are both part of Apple’s new classroom experience in iOS 9.3. Read More

 

Back to School promo goes live in New Zealand and Australia with free Beats Solo2 headphones

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 3, 2016

Apple’s annual Back to School promotion is back with a new deal launching today in Australia and New Zealand. University students, students accepted to a university and parents buying for a university student are being tempted with a free Beats Solo2 on-ear headphones, a $199.95 value, with an eligible Mac purchase.

When purchasing a new MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac or iMac with Retina 5K display, customers shall receive an instant credit for the purchase of a pair of Beats Solo2 wired headphones in Gloss Black, Gloss White, Gloss Red or Gloss Blue or wired Beats Solo2 headphones in Space Gray, Silver, Gold or Rose Gold. Read More

 

Apple acquires education startup LearnSprout

By Cody Lee on Jan 28, 2016

Apple has acquired education-technology startup LearnSprout, reports Bloomberg. The outlet has received confirmation of the buyout with the boilerplate statement, “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

Terms of the deal are not known at this time, but we do know that the San Francisco-based LearnSprout has raised more than $4 million from investors. The company specializes in education tracking and analytical software, which it has rolled out to more than 2,500 US schools. Read More

 

OS wars in education: Chromebooks take lead in US classrooms

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 4, 2015

Chromebooks, a family of inexpensive, Internet-dependent notebooks powered by Google’s Chrome OS software, have taken the lead in the lucrative education technology market, reports CNBC.

These notebooks accounted for more than half of all classroom devices sold in the third quarter in the US.

According to a Futuresource Consulting survey, that’s a huge increase for Chrome OS-driven machines that accounted for just one percent of K-12 sales in 2012. Read More

 

Tapity puts Grades and Languages apps for sale, shares revenue stats

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2015

The latest developer success story comes from Tapity, an Apple Design Award winner and the brains behind education app Grades and Languages, its popular offline translation app.

They’ve now put both Grades and Languages for sale in order to focus exclusively on Hours, a gorgeous time-tracking software that I reviewed in the summer of 2014. What’s really interesting about this is how forthcoming Tapity’s been about stats for these apps.

You might find it interesting to learn what kind of revenue Grades and Languages have been pulling thus far and what potential bidders can look forward to after buying Grades and Langauges. Read More

 

University of Oklahoma students can now use Apple Pay across entire campus

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2015

Notch up another victory for Apple’s mobile payment platform as the University of Oklahoma announced Monday that it will begin accepting Apple Pay across its entire campus. The initiative will allow students to pay with Apple Pay using their NFC-enabled devices like the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch at any of the four-hundred service locations scattered across the campus, including restaurants and bookstores. Read More

 

iTunes U gains homework hand-in feature, one-to-one discussions, PDF annotations and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 25, 2015

iTunes U, Apple’s educational catalog on iTunes, has gotten a whole lot more useful with a significant update to the official iPhone and iPad app in the App Store.

As first reported Thursday by Re/code, iTunes U for iOS has gained an interesting homework hand-in feature and PDF annotations providing a timestamp when the student submits term papers, book reports and other work.

Other changes include an integrated grade book, one-to-one discussions, importing content from third-party apps, including Apple’s own Keynote, Pages and iMovie, and more. Read More

 

Apple promotes Lisa Jackson to VP of environment, policy and social initiatives

By Cody Lee on Jun 23, 2015

Apple on Tuesday quietly announced the promotion of Lisa Jackson, formerly the VP of environmental affairs, to a new lead policy position. As noted by The Washington Post, Jackson’s bio on the company’s website now reads Vice President, Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives.

In her new role, Jackson will not only continue to oversee Apple’s efforts to minimize its impact on the environment, but she will also be responsible for the company’s education policy programs such as ConnectED, its product accessibility work, and its worldwide government affairs. Read More

 

‘Toca Nature’ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on May 7, 2015

Apple has just named “Toca Nature” its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to download the award-winning education software for both iPhone and iPad for free—a great savings of $2.99.

Geared towards kids, Toca Nature allows you to shape nature and watch it develop. Want to grow your own forest? Go for it. Want to create a mountain range and enjoy the view? You got it. Plants, animals, landscapes and more are at your disposal. Read More

 

LAUSD asking Apple for multimillion-dollar refund for failed iPad program

By Cody Lee on Apr 16, 2015

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) told Apple on Wednesday that it will not spend another dollar on the Pearson software installed on its iPads, reports local public radio station KPCC. Additionally, the school district is seeking a multimillion-dollar refund from the Cupertino giant for its failed technology initiative to put a tablet in the hands of each of its 650,000 students. Read More

 

Drexel University launches iPad vending machine for students

By Jake Smith on Apr 2, 2015

Drexel University has formed a partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia to provide an iPad vending machine to the University’s students and local residents, to make a dozen iPads available for further learning.  Read More

 

Words U makes you smarter while you text

By Lory Gil on Mar 6, 2015

You might call me a word nerd. One of my favorite things to do while writing is looking up synonyms. I absolutely hate seeing a sentence with the same noun in it more than once. When it comes to reviewing apps, you’d be surprised how hard it is to come up with a new word for “game.”

Words U is a messaging app that translates your conversation into sentences with alternate words. Instead of “Hi,” you’ll be saying “Salutations” to your friends. You don’t have to worry about your friends thinking you are being pretentious either. The conversations all take place within the app, so everyone is being a smarty-pants. Read More

 

Tim Cook to deliver commencement address at George Washington University

By Cody Lee on Feb 25, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver George Washington University’s commencement address at the school’s graduation ceremony, the university announced on Wednesday. The ceremony takes place on May 17, at the prestigious ‘National Mall’ national park in downtown Washington, D.C.

“I am delighted that Tim Cook has accepted our invitation to give this year’s commencement address,” University President Steven Knapp said. “I know our graduating students will be inspired and enlightened by his reflections on the lessons he has garnered from his distinguished career.” Read More

 

Annual Back to School promo launches in New Zealand and Australia with $25-$100 gift cards

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2015

Apple’s annual Back to School promotion launched today in Australia and New Zealand, as noted by 9to5Mac. Unlike last year when the promo included iTunes gift cards, this time around Apple Store gift cards are being offered to university students, students accepted to a university and parents buying for a university student.

A qualifying Mac, iPad or iPhone purchased is required.

The sale runs from January 30 through March 19. Read More

 
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