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iPad (9.7 Inch School Edition)
© 2018 Apple

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For ages 3-up
For grades B, T, P, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, S, Jr, Sr.
Teaches: a stylus compatible iPad
Apple's answer to the Chromebook for 2018 is -- another iPad, with a lower base cost and the ability to use a stylus. While the initial cost is less ($300 for a school), the extra peripherals you'll need to use this iPad in your elementary classroom will add to the cost. These may include a $150 snap on keyboard and a $50 stylus (both made by Logitech, to Apple's specifications). We had hoped to see something more dramatic from Apple's March 2018 education press event, such as a Qi standard cordless charging.

AT A GLANCE: This iPad (which we have not tested) has a screen that is the same size as the original (9.7-inch (diagonal) with Multi-Touch. But the big new feature is the ability to work with a stylus, thanks to the IPS technology. It also has 128 GB of storage. So another better name for this iPad would be "iPad Pro Standard Sized." In addition to the cheaper hardware, Apple is offering teachers 300 GB of free storage, and two software packages:

• Everyone Can Create is a set of bundle of apps and teaching guides for teachers, so they can use the pencil and camera. It includes teacher and student guides, lessons and ideas. 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. Apple will be using the curriculum in their stores to run seminars.

• Schoolwork is a new app for creating assignments, monitoring student progress and assigning existing apps, as long as the apps have been modified so they are compatible with the system. So you can assign a specific activity within an app, and direct their students directly to the specific point within the app.

Developers are being encouraged to update their apps with ClassKit, Apple’s new education framework that promises to let them sync their app content to Schoolwork. This has the potential to be very important for ethical app developers who are marketing to schools. Schoolwork also includes Handouts — for managing assignments in any form, including PDFs.
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