Apple’s first big event of 2018 is practically here! Unlike most Apple keynotes, today’s “field trip” education-oriented event in Chicago won’t be streamed live.
Don’t worry. Cult of Mac will be in attendance and we’ll be live blogging everything with up-to-the-minute info on all the new goodies. Not only is Apple expected to preview some new educational software, but we could also see a new iPad, improved Apple Pencil and maybe even a new MacBook Air.
The keynote starts Tuesday, March 27, at 10 a.m. Central time. So save this page and get ready for Apple’s most mysterious event in years.
Apple showed off new hardware and software during today’s event, all with an educational twist. Read all about the new stuff:
We’ll have more in-depth coverage of everything coming later today! Thanks for following along, folks. – Ian
And that’s a wrap… Music back up, and lights back on
“I’d like to thank every teacher around the world for the import work you do every day – you are teaching the next generation of teachers and leaders” – Tim
Tim thanking all the teachers and students for being here today, and for sharing their experiences in the classroom.
Event tonight at the Chicago Michigan Ave Store to show a new “Everyone can Create” class (with Clips)
My classes weren’t ever like this… guess I needed an iPad in school.
Showing kids using iPads to learning about gravity, with elements of comedy.
annnnnd another video.
Looks like we’re near the end today.
Recapping announcements from the past hour – new iPad with Apple Pencil, AR apps, software updates for iWork and iLife apps, Everyone can Code and Everyone can Create
“This is an important day for Apple,” Tim says. This is Apple’s sweet spot — the place where technology and the liberal arts intersect.
Tim is back up on stage
Video time – what’s it like to be a teacher (as presented by little kids)
Apps, Skills, and Curriculum are the cornerstone of their push into education.
The Everyone Can Create preview lands today, with more coming this summer.
Showing an example of a student-made presentation made with Clips to explain Mitosis
Allows students to use creative tools to share their thoughts, ideas, or feelings.
Focuses on learning with music, photos, video, and art
Today, Apple is unveiling new curriculum — “Everyone Can Create” to run along with Everyone Can Code.
Highlighting a student that was very shy, and how Swift Playgrounds helped her open up to others and become more extroverted – Coding… it’s practically magic.
Using the Everyone Can Code teacher guide, she was able to expand what she was teaching her students
Introduced students to Swift Playgrounds to show how much could be done with code.
Discussing her start in coding with block based coding.
Next up: Kasia Derza of Mariano Azuela Elementary in Chicago
Now, a new AR technology in swift to allow kids to learn to make AR apps.
Kids love Swift Playgrounds, and the integration with drones and robotics “takes it to another level”
Swift is the fastest growing programming languages, designed to be easy to teach and easy to learn.
Coding teaching critical thinking and problem solving.
Susan back up, discussing building curriculum and coding in schools.
Now on stage, Nikole Blanchard of Dunham schools, to share how teachers have embraced Apple Teacher to utilize technology in the classroom.
1 Million badges have been given out through Apple Teacher, rewarding their continued discovery of technology
Apple Teacher is a tool for teachers to build technology skills and develop new teaching ideas.
Schoolwork will also become available in June. It will totally be ready for the 2018 school year!
Classkit API allows apps to integrate within the Schoolwork app
and of course – Schoolwork keeps all student data private.
Schoolwork will allow teachers to tailor their teaching to the needs of students by understanding what students are struggling with.
Schoolwork can also check students progress, making it easy to see if students have done their work.
Schoolwork can point students to Apps, assign specific activities within an App, and students will be taken there automatically.
“but Schoolwork had to do more – a new way to bring Apps into the classroom.”
Can be used to send class reminders about field trips, or group work updates – “As easy as sending an Email”
allows teachers to give handouts, assignments, and apps to their students.
and now, a new app – Schoolwork
Classroom for Mac available for Beta in June
But teachers also love their Mac, so today, Classroom is coming to the Mac.
Teachers love it because they can see what students are doing, and can even click in and see what a student is doing in real time.
Classroom app getting an update
Now on to Susan Prescott to discuss teacher initiatives.
Logitech gets a mention, too, with the company’s new Crayon – a $49 stylus like Apple Pencil.
New iCloud storage for ALL!!!! What was 5GB/account is now 200GB!!! EVERYBODY GETS MORE STORAGE!
School Manager tool getting a huge update, too – can now set up 1,500 accounts in a minute.
Now on to “Shared iPad” for schools. Students log in and all their apps, settings and documents are available in less than a minute.
New education features for iWork apps are coming today, along with updates for GarageBand and Clips.
new iPad price is the same $329 (or $299 for schools).
Here are the new iPad’s specs:
That’s good for the frog, I suppose.
Now into a science app – a virtual Frog app, allowing you to dissect a frog with Apple Pencil on iPad. No stinky formaldehyde needed!
Now showing an AR app that lets them virtually interact with a river – and the environmental impact of modifying the stream or building a dam. Pretty cool
Now highlighting AR capabilities – Boulevard AR allows students to view a piece of artwork, in AR, right in their classroom.
the New iPad is more powerful that most PC Laptops, and virtually every Chromebook. ?
Specs for the new iPad include an A10 fusion chip
This will enable teachers or students to use the same tool they’re using in class, and create digital books.
Now inside of Pages, you can make a digital book (with templates included), right on iPad
Now on to Digital Books, highlighting interactive models and features.
There’s a new feature coming to Pages (we’re just getting a sneak peak today). It’s called Smart Annotations, and it allows for marking up a document.
3 of the most popular iPad apps in education are Pages, Keynote, and Numbers – and today they’re getting updated with Apple Pencil support.
Ultra-low latency and all the bells and whistles you’d expect from an iPad with Apple Pencil.
New iPad takes what everyone loved about Apple’s most popular iPad and makes it better, with Apple Pencil support.
And we’re into a video, showing a LOT of Apple Pencil.
The most popular iPad has been the 9.7″ iPad and today we’re getting an update!
Kids that speak English as a second language can use iPad to communicate more effectively
Kids are using iPad to discover the process of how food makes it from farm to table, with a look at logistics and processing.
Cassey Williams (an school instructor from London) is up on stage now to discuss how they are using iPad in the classroom.
There are over 200,000 apps made for education!
“Nothing like these creativity apps on any other device”
Kids also love iPad because it’s super powerful. They can shoot video and instantly analyze for speed, force, and motion.
A quick shout out to shooting video and editing in Apple’s Clips app (that’s still a thing, you know.)
Kids love iPad because it’s super-portable. “Learning happens everywhere, even when there might not be a desk.”
“Education then, beyond all others devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men (and women).” Horace Mann
And with that, Tim tosses to Greg Joswaick to discuss iPad
Now Tim is highlighting how schools are using iPad for teaching programming, art, and music around the world.
Tim back up, sharing a quote from Horace Mann
Kathleen shared a very inspiring story of a school in Tennessee embracing technology to teach students that would have been otherwise without.
Kathleen Richardson from ConnectEd is up on stage now, to discuss Apple devices in these schools
The ConnectED program is bringing technology to over 100 under-served schools in the country.
Highlighting the “Everyone Can Code” initiative, and Swift Playgrounds, Apple’s gamified iPad app for learning its Swift programming language.
Apple remains committed to focusing on education, and to teaching educators to use technology in the classroom, Tim says.
Apple has been involved in education for 40!!!!!! years
Lane Tech has more students getting PhDs than any other school in the country.
“We’re thrilled to be right here at Lane Tech College Prep High School”
Tim highlights the importance of computers and technology in the classroom, including Apple’s recent partnership with Chicago Public Schools.
“Chicago is one of the most forward-thinking school systems in the nation,” Tim says.
Tim takes a moment to recognize all the student marches across the nation this past weekend calling for stronger gun control.
And Tim Cook is out onstage!
“One Small Thing Could Change The World Like One Small Person Could Change The World”
The lights are out, it’s go time!
A quick peek at Al Gore before we get rolling.
Announcement that we are about to begin. Buckle up, everybody!
Holy Moly! Al Gore is here.
Apple employees coaching the crowd to cheer. Something exciting HAS to be coming, right?
Preach it, brother!
shout out to the journalists who are covering an iPad event using nothing but an iPad and plan on writing a "future of the iPad" story on your iPad while you're listening to Apple talk about its new iPad
— Stefan Constantine (@WhatTheBit) March 27, 2018
Lots of students in attendance at today’s event. True dedication to come in over Spring Break.
Phil Schiller spotted!
That auditorium looks tiny for an Apple event!
This auditorium is really nice! Great venue for the event.
And we’re in the auditorium.
And we are headed into the auditorium.
Tim Cook has a staff of minions lining the hallway….
Press area is getting pretty full. They tell us we start Orientation at 9 … because school.
The press are inside the school and tabling up to the breakfast table. Just over an hour until showtime.
— Shara Tibken (@sharatibken) March 27, 2018
It’s early, but we are here and in line, folks. Lots of school employees here.
How does Cupertino plan to reshape the classroom of the future? ClassKit, the Apple educational framework we expect to see unveiled tomorrow.
Here’s a little extracurricular reading to do prior to the presentation: What to expect from Apple’s big “field trip” event. Get the scoop on expected new Apple hardware and software.