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Apple Debuts Features to Make iPad Easier to Use in Classroom

Apple Debuts Features to Make iPad Easier to Use in Classroom

Perhaps Apple is starting to feel the heat from Google’s Chromebook's becoming one of the most-used education devices in U.S. K-12 classrooms.

During today’s Apple event, the company announced multiple new upgrades that via i0S 9.3 that will make it easier for educators to use iPads as learning tools in the classroom.

Now, according to The Mirror, students "will be able to get access to their apps, books and documents from any iPad, and the device will display the student's picture once they have logged, to avoid them getting mixed up during the class.”

Additionally, there is now also "a dedicated ‘Classroom' app, which allows a teacher to control all the iPads of the students in their class, and even jump to individual students' iPads to monitor their work,” the article said.

These things alone address major previous concerns with the usability of iPads in the classroom.

In addition to these educational changes, Apple has also announced that the iPad update will include the “Night Shift,” which is a new mode “designed to counteract the negative effects of exposure to bright blue light, which comes with staring at screen before you go to bed.”

For children who tend to use the iPad to do homework before bed, this could also mean more productive school days as well.

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Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

3/21/2016

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