Apple just announced a special spring event geared toward educators, students, and creative classrooms. The media is invited to the Apple happening on March 27 at 10 a.m. at a surprising location: Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago, IL. Don’t let the “prep” fool you, though. Lane Tech is a Chicago public school taking part in Apple’s city-wide Everyone Can Code education initiative. At Lane Tech, students use Swift, Apple’s intuitive, open-source programming language for their coding and app building courses.
Apple promises “creative new ideas for teachers and students” at this special event, and the media has begun speculating on how the tech giant will build on previous classroom initiatives. Rumor has it that a lower-priced MacBook Air is in the works, Apple’s answer to Google ChromeBook’s current gobbling of the classroom laptop market share. Other possibilities include lower educational pricing for the 9.7-inch iPad and a new version of Apple’s stylus, the Apple Pencil.
There are strong possibilities for an iOS announcement, as well. The recently released iOS 11.3 beta 2 brought with it news of ClassKit, a new framework for educational apps and classroom data management. Will Apple make an official ClassKit announcement on March 27 in an effort to push back against the inroads made by the Google Classroom app?
Whatever the specific details may be, the March 27 event promises to be an exciting one for everyone interested in 21st-century classrooms. Will Apple surprise us with even more than we hoped for in the quest to grow opportunities for students in STEM fields? Is new, lower pricing for the education market really happening soon? With Apple’s recent press release about its generous new partnership with the Malala Fund, hopes are high that further philanthropic initiatives to spread educational opportunities will go hand-in-hand with tech and pricing announcements. In less than a week, we’ll know for sure!