iPad in Education Just Got A HUGE Boost Today! Apple Previews Upcoming iOS9.3

Big news for iPad usage in Education! Things are gonna get better! Thanks for the love Apple!

Apple today has announced some previews of the upcoming iOS 9.3 update and the news for educators is huge!

It will become so much easier to use iPad in education thanks to the upcoming features!

Take a look at this graphic pulled from Apple’s preview for Education website…

9.3 Preview.png

SHARED iPAD:

The Shared iPad feature sound like one of Steve Jobs visions are coming to the iPad – the day when you can grab a device, sign in and all YOUR stuff is right there! I’m not quite sure how this will work after reading the info available right now. It might mean that all ten (or however many) students sharing iPad #1 will be able to sign in and see all their apps, documents, and books. But from the way I read it I think they will be able to sign into ANY school iPad! If they have grabbed the same iPad as the day before they just will not have to wait for their content to load. If they have a different iPad form before then the content will have to load from the servers.

CLASSROOM APP:

Classroom App 9.3.pngFrom the Apple website – “Every teacher can use a little help. With Classroom, you can launch everyone’s apps at the same time, then guide what students are looking at on their devices. So teachers can focus on teaching, and students can focus on learning”

See any given iPad, share that iPad to the big screen, launch and lock apps remotely, and teachers reseting forgotten passwords without IT help.

Good golly – what joy! My friend Chris over at http://techinmusiced.wordpress.com has been teaching in a 1:1 setting. Having students not in the correct app has long been one of his complaints!

APPLE SCHOOL MANAGER:

One spot for admin’s to create Apple ID’s (which are associated with your school and created for education by the way), build courses (um…. lol…. I think Apple got THIS one wrong – I don’t see my IT guys building MY courses! Maybe simply creating a class and making sure all my students are assigned to that class), and access everything to deploy iPad in Education! AND… it’s all done from a web browser! (So easy even a PC can do it!)

MANAGED ID’s

Managed ID 9.3.pngManaged ID’s are designed just for schools, so you can easily reset passwords, audit accounts, create IDs in bulk, and create customized roles for everyone in the district.

Which makes me wonder how this will work when I want to use my own personal iPad in conjunction with my school iPads and all they will now offer. It seems as though this may be easier for the school to control many issues. I’m not sure if I will need ANOTHER ID to add to my list of growing ID’s I already have!

What does this mean….

As my school is not even close to an 1:1 district I can not say how much easier this will be for that sort of setting. I can say that now with these tools it will become a much easier job to convince districts like mine to further invest in iPad devices for our students!

My principal is already impressed when she compares what I am able to accomplish with a few iPads vs other teachers who only wish to work with a whiteboard! With these capabilities it really would be a game changer to be able to get every kid an iPad in the band room!

What do you think? What does this mean for you and your district?

Click here to see the full Education Preview for iOS 9.3.

 

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