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Apple’s education discount ‘loophole’ is back!

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Apple education discounts available again without student verification
Home school teachers can once again get Apple education discounts.
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The U.S. Apple Store for Education reversed a recent change Friday, dropping the requirement that shoppers prove they are a university student or teacher before they can get products at a discount. This surely comes as a relief for home-school teachers. But it’s also good news for anyone willing to fib to get a discount.

It’s not clear if this is a temporary rollback or a permanent change, though.

Apple education store discounts now require proof of student status

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Apple education store now requires proof of student status
If you want an educational discount on a MacBook, better be prepared to prove you are a university student.
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The U.S. Apple Store for Education now requires shoppers to prove they are a university student or teacher before they can get products at a discount. Before now, it essentially operated on the honor system, which was a giant loophole.

After the change, shoppers can’t even see the discounted prices without getting verified first.

Update: Apple flip-flopped on this change.  Read more in, “Apple’s educational discount ‘loophole’ is back!

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

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At the turn of the century, 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.

Apple’s coding education tools now extend from kindergarten to college

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Apple’s coding education tools now extend from from kindergarten to college
Teach small children about coding doesn’t have to involve screen time.
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Apple released new coding education resources for elementary school students and educators on Tuesday. With them, the company now offers coding curriculum tools for kids all the way from kindergarten up to college.

In addition, teachers can try a new one-hour Inclusive App Design activity to introduce young children to the world of coding and app development.

Let Apple teach you to draw yourself as a Peanuts character

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Let Apple teach you to draw yourself as a Peanuts character
Kids of all ages can enjoy learning to draw themselves as a Peanuts character.
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Free training sessions at Apple Stores ended with the pandemic, but have now moved to YouTube. The first of these online Today at Apple sessions shows how to draw yourself as a Peanuts character.

It’s not complicated — Peanuts characters are relatively simple shapes. Even so, there’s plenty of room for customization. Plus, all the software is free and not even a stylus is required.

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.

Apple iTunes U headed for graduation, unemployment

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iTunes U, we hardly knew ye.
Parts of iTunes U are being replaced with newer apps. Other features will just go away.
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iTunes U is being expelled. Parts of this education application are being replaced by other teaching aids developed by Apple. But the company won‘t continue to offer free classes.

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.