Today at Apple adds 50 new sessions in expanded formats

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The Apple store is great place to learn about apps.
The Apple store is great place to learn about apps.
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Apple is expanding its slate of Today at Apple sessions with 50 new classes that offer free educational experiences for iPhone, iPad and Mac users.

Today at Apple first started at Apple store in 2017, providing 18,000 free sessions a week that have been attended by millions of people around the world. With the new sessions, Apple is expanding on its most popular sessions, giving participants more opportunities to create and explore with their products.

Apple launches ‘Everyone Can Create’ curriculum in new languages

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Apple's free guides are aimed at enhancing users' abilities to create using iPad.
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Apple has rolled out its “Everyone Can Create” curriculum in German, French, Spanish, and Italian languages. Support for Swedish and Dutch will also follow later this spring.

The free project guides for iPad are intended to help students to “develop and communicate ideas” using music, video, drawing, and photos. They are also suited for teachers hoping to better incorporate creativity into their lesson plans.

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

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Steve Jobs was accused 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.

Logitech Crayon makes iPad learning more fun [Review]

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The Logitech Crayon was designed for the classroom but now it's available to the public, too.
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iPad is a great educational tool, no matter the age of the student. But some children are too young for a keyboard. That’s where the Logitech Crayon comes in. It’s a digital pencil designed for students to write and draw on the 9.7-inch iPad released this spring.

We put this educational accessory to the test.

Today in Apple history: Apple reclaims top spot in education

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The iMac was one of the reasons for Apple's return to schools and colleges.
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July 9 Today in Apple historyJuly 9, 2001: Apple is named the number one computer manufacturer in the education market, with twice as many computers in place in schools as runner-up Dell.

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

Apple’s free Schoolwork app is ready for the classroom

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Students and teachers can start using Schoolwork today.
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Apple’s free Schoolwork app, which lets students and teachers collaborate on school assignments, is available now.

Schoolwork makes it easy to create assignments, take advantage of third-party apps for learning, and view student progress. It will work alongside the Classroom app to provide teachers around the world with the tools they need to “enhance the learning experience.”

Signups open for free Apple Developer Academy

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A student at the Apple Developer Academy describes it as both challenging and creative.
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Apply now for the 2018 class of the Apple Developer Academy to learn to create iOS apps. And did we mention you get to live in Naples? And it’s free?

This isn’t a basic bootcamp. In addition to learning Swift programming and user interface design, students are taught how to be an entrepreneur.

The new iPad excites us! It’s true, and we’ll tell you why on The CultCast

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Apple's new iPad is powerful, cheap, and a great deal.
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This week on The CultCast: Apple has powered up the new iPad so much, it’s hard to resist! We’ll tell you why we’re so excited. Plus: What you need to know about iOS 11.3; everything Apple revealed at its “field trip” event; a reliable report says Apple Watch Plus is incoming; and you asked, we answer — from the best Home apps, to our Mac mini predictions, to Commando versus Predator, we answer your most burning questions.

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How to get Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad for $309

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You don't have to be a student to get the new iPad for $309.
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Apple unveiled its cheapest 9.7-inch iPad ever today, only there’s a catch: it’s only the cheapest iPad ever if you meet certain qualifications

Most normal customer won’t qualify for the special $309 price tag and will have to shell out $329 for the Apple Pencil-supported iPad. However, there are still ways to qualify even if you’re not a student.

Apple rolls out Schoolwork app for teachers, iWork upgrades and more

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Apple is ready to takeover the classroom.
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Apple is ready to unleash a wave of new software for teachers going into the 2018 school year.

At its big “field trip” education event in Chicago today, Apple unveiled a series of new apps and APIs that will make it easier for students and teachers to embrace the iPad. From the redesigned iWork iOS apps to the new ClassKit framework, Apple’s got something new for students, teachers and developers.