Apple To Update Schoolwork And Classroom Apps With New Distance Learning Features [Report]
Apple will release newly updated versions of its educational apps to better align with the new remote learning that students around the world are doing right now. Children are generally unable to go to school because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
According to a CNET report, Apple will release new Schoolwork 2.0 as well as a refreshed Classroom app.
Apple designed Schoolwork 2.0 to include features found in other iPad OS apps, like Files, and to speed up navigation around the software. There’s a new Handout library with a source list on the left side that makes it easier to navigate to different classes or the student’s library with drafts and favorites. On the right are cards with things like reminders for a field trip or a math assignment.
The updated Classroom app will automatically sync Apple School Manager classes via a teacher’s Apple ID while temporary sessions will be available for those with shared iPads. Students will also be able to share their screen via a teacher’s iPad or even an Apple TV.
CNET doesn’t seem to know when the two new updates will be made available, but they’re said to be coming soon. The updates will support Mac and iPad, according to the new report.
Students who are unable to visit classrooms because of the coronavirus will hopefully have the tools they need in order to make the best of, what is no doubt, a bad situation.