News Analysis: Apple Brings New Post Pandemic Solutions To Remote Learning

K-12 Education Market Faces New Requirements

The latest CDC guidelines highlight the major challenges administrators and educators have for reopening schools.   The general principle – the more interactions, the longer interactions, the higher the risk of #COVID-19 spread.

The CDC states that the risk of COVID-19 spread increases in school settings as follows:

Lowest Risk: Students and teachers engage in virtual-only classes, activities, and events.

More Risk: Small, in-person classes, activities, and events. Groups of students stay together and with the same teacher throughout/across school days and groups do not mix. Students remain at least 6 feet apart and do not share objects (e.g., hybrid virtual and in-person class structures, or staggered/rotated scheduling to accommodate smaller class sizes).

Highest Risk: Full sized, in-person classes, activities, and events. Students are not spaced apart, share classroom materials or supplies, and mix between classes and activities.

As a result, the following five trends are expected in the classroom and will require different tools, approaches, and cultural shifts:

Apple’s Spring 2020 Education Updates Address Post Pandemic Learning

Apple’s provided a broad base of educator tools over the years through the new Schoolwork 2.0, Collaboration, Shared iPad, Assessment Mode, and Classroom (see Figure 1)

Figure 1. Apple Provides a Broad Base of Educator Tools for K-12

Source: Apple, Inc.

The latest updates to its Spring 2020 Education line up include:

Schoolwork is an iPad app that gives teachers and students the ability to support remote learning and classroom environments (see Figure 2).  Released May 2020, the latest version of Schoolwork 2.0 improve the ability to share content with students, put key apps to use, track student progress, personalize coursework and instruction to student needs, and deliver instant feedback and collaboration tools.   Students can check assignments on their iPad devices by class and due date.  Teachers can check in to see how students are doing.  Coursework, handouts, and assignments can be managed.  Teacher workflows can be optimized.

Figure 2. Inside Apple’s New Schoolwork

Source: Apple, Inc.

Figure 4. Classroom Provides Real Time Views

Source: Apple, Inc.

In addition, Apple has had a number of tools to improve student engagement such as:

Figure 5. Froggipedia – Using AR to Study A Frog’s Anatomy

The post pandemic learning environment can benefit from new tools and techniques to help educators in the classroom.  Apple’s latest offerings bring the ease of use and user experience Apple’s known for with the much needed technology to improve the creation of curriculum, management of teacher workflows, and student engagement required in hybrid classroom modalities.  The push to remote learning and the need to switch modalities require key technology tools and a community network to share ideas.   Constellation recommends that K-12 educators, administrators, and technology teams consider Apple’s offering in vendor selection short lists.

Your POV

Are you an educator working on remote learning?  Are you using Apple’s K-12 capabilitieas?  Will you be ready to handle the coronavirus and other pandemics?  Ready to build your post pandemic playbook?  Let me know, we can help! Add your comments to the blog or reach me via email: R (at) ConstellationR (dot) com or R (at) SoftwareInsider (dot) org.

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