On Monday (3/21/2016) Apple released the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 9.3, and with it comes new features for iPad® devices in education. The release aims to open up new and engaging ways of teaching and learning on the iPad. New features include allowing teachers to manage student devices, share work and assignments, track students’ progress to help them stay on track, and much more.
One of the more exciting announcements was the launch of the new Classroom App:
Classroom is a powerful new iPad app that helps teachers guide learning, share work, and manage student devices. Teachers can launch a specific app, website, or textbook page on any device in the class, or share student work on a TV, monitor, or projector using Apple TV. They can even reset a student’s password, see which apps students are working in, and assign a specific shared iPad for the class period. The Classroom app is easy to set up on a teacher’s iPad with the help of MDM. And since it uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to connect to each student’s iPad, classes can get right to learning without requiring daily support from IT. The free app can be downloaded now from the App Store.
The release should help Apple fight back against the growing market share of Chromebooks and Google Classroom in the education space, potentially providing an uptick in iPad opportunities for resellers.