Education Stories April 9

Jamf Pro used for Maryville University’s program to deploy iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to full-time students

Maryville University is giving the next generation of students a modern tool to help aid in their college education, and using Jamf Pro to manage the deployment. Starting today, the university will be offering full-time students an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil.

Education Stories April 7

Apple CEO Tim Cook and several other members of Apple leadership visited yesterday with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the company’s new Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino. The visit included a trip to the Steve Jobs Theater, and was attended by Saudi ambassador to the United States Prince Khalid bin Salman and members of the Crown Prince’s delegation.

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Education Stories March 29

Our education specialist Bradley Chambers wrote a lengthy piece yesterday explaining the flaws in Apple’s iPad-centric education strategy. The whole piece is well worth a read, but he outlined three main barriers to the superficially attractive vision presented by Apple, even before you consider the purchase cost of the iPads themselves:

  • Books are tied to Apple IDs, so schools would have to re-purchase textbooks annually
  • Teachers simply don’t have time to create their own interactive books
  • Apple’s apps don’t integrate with the established IT systems used by schools

But while the new budget iPad may not be a great fit for most schools, it is a smart move for the consumer market …

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Education Stories March 28

Apple’s Tim Cook sat down today with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Recode’s Kara Swisher for an interview following the company’s special education event yesterday. Cook shared more details about Apple’s vision for how tech and education will complement each other, the future of jobs, his ideas and some advice on privacy, and some choice words for Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.

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Apple last year announced a major expansion of its Everyone Can Code initiative, aimed at making the Swift-based coding curriculum available to half a million Chicago students.

In support of this program, Apple has today revealed that Lane Tech College Prep High School – the venue for yesterday’s education event – will become a hub for teacher training in the curriculum …

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Education Stories March 27

UPDATE: Apple has removed all mentions of this feature from its Australian website. Possibly hinting that the feature was accidentally published.

In addition to the slew of new education features highlighted this morning, Apple seems to be preparing a new simplified login experience for education users, as first noted by David Colville.

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