Apple’s on-staff educators will guide teachers through challenges of online learning

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Apple is making its learning specialists available to educators for free one-on-one virtual coaching sessions.
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To support teachers as they embrace online e-learning during the current school closures, Apple is making its learning specialists available to educators for free one-on-one virtual coaching sessions.

Apple has made its 100+ educators on staff available to help teachers — from K-12 through higher education — manage workflows and online student learning.

Apple launches education website to help students and teachers learn remotely

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iPad is coming in clutch for a lot of students shut out of school.
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Schools across the globe are closing due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Apple is ready to help educators with a new site that shows teachers how to enable remote learnings for all students using Apple products.

The Apple Education Learning Series website features a collection of videos that are geared to students and educators of all ages. There are only two videos on the site currently, but Apple says the site will continue to add more.

Apple gives developers the ability to distribute custom apps to schools

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Apple devices are now even more useful in schools.
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Apple School Manager now gives developers the ability to distribute custom apps to schools for the first time.

The change will allow app-makers to better meet the individual needs of educational institutions, Apple said. It paves the way for new software that offers specific functionality for certain organizations.

Cook and Trump schedule breakfast date in Davos

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Cook has been one of the few Silicon Valley CEOs who still meet with Trump.
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President Donald Trump and Apple CEO Tim Cook are taking their awkward bromance to Davos.

Cook is reportedly slated to attend breakfast with Trump this Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Trump, who used his opening speech at the international gathering to slam climate change activists, also will be briefed by IBM CEO Ginni Rometty during the breakfast meeting.

Today in Apple history: Dell PCs overtake Macs in education market

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Some observers accused Steve Jobs of failing one of Apple's most popular markets.
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October 27: Today in Apple history: Dell PCs overtake Macs in education market October 27, 1999: Dell Computer overtakes Apple in the educational market, stealing Cupertino’s crown as the top company selling computers to U.S. schools.

Steve Jobs, who is still in the process of rebuilding Apple after its near-collapse in the 1990s, faces heavy criticism for ignoring one of the company’s strongest markets.

A US university is teaching a course in iPad music-making

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iPad for extra credit? Yes, please! The University of Nebraska-Lincoln teaches a course on making music with iPad.
iPad for extra credit? Yes please!
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The iPad is great for playing around and making music, but can it be a serious music tool as well? According to a course at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, it sure can.

The university’s “Creating with the iPad MUSC 198” course covers digital music production with a particular focus on Apple’s tablet. Because you don’t win friends with salad you can’t make music with a Surface, obvs! Check out a video preview of the course.

Today in Apple history: Apple reclaims top spot in education

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The easy-to-use iMac spurred Apple's return to dominance in schools.
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July 9: Today in Apple history: Apple reclaims top spot in education July 9, 2001: Apple is named the No. 1 computer manufacturer in the education market, with twice as many machines in schools as runner-up Dell Computer.

It’s a big turnaround from a couple years earlier, when Dell overtook Apple and Steve Jobs was accused of abandoning this important market.

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Apple donates products to New Orleans’ Ellis Marsalis Music Center

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Tim Cook was in town to give a commencement speech at Tulane University.
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After giving his commencement speech for Tulane University on Saturday, Tim Cook visited the nearby Ellis Marsalis Center for Music.

He met with founders Ellis Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. He also announced that Apple will be donating Apple products to help produce music in EMCM’s studios.