Apple Schoolwork 2.0 update makes assignments easier for teachers and students

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Apple Schoolwork 2.0 helps track Handout due dates.
Notifications that Handouts are due soon are part of Apple Schoolwork 2.0.
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A major update debuted Monday for Apple’s free Schoolwork app, which helps students and teachers collaborate on school assignments. Version 2.0 not only got an new tab-based design, there are numerous enhancements to make the Handouts feature more useful.

Apple also updated its companion Classroom app, though only modestly.

Schoolwork 2.0 improves Handouts management

The Schoolwork app makes it easy to create assignments, take advantage of third-party apps for learning, and view student progress. The app debuted two years ago, and is part of Apple’s efforts to encourage school systems to use iPads in classrooms.

The software lets teachers create new assignments with almost any type of content that are sent directly to students’ iPads. Handouts can include web links, PDFs, other documents, and even specific activities inside other apps.

Schoolwork 2.0 includes new notifications for students when Handouts are assigned, if they’re due tomorrow, and reminders that Handouts are past due. And teachers now get reminders that Handouts are due, too.

The new version of this teaching tool also includes a library of Handouts from past classes, so that can be easily reused. And creating new Handouts is easier, as well.

Schoolwork 2.0 is available now on the iOS App Store. It’s free to download and use.

The software is designed to work alongside Apple’s Classroom app, which on Monday was updated to version 3.2. This update only tweaks a few features.

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