Today, Apple is hosting the "Let's Take A Field Trip" event to discuss education-focused initiatives at the company. The event is unfortunately not being livestreamed, but we're going to be keeping an eye out for updates from the event floor.
Good morning, Chicago! We’re going back to school today for some exciting announcements in education. pic.twitter.com/7FhJ927reO— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 27, 2018
The tweet above is Cook's most recent update after he tweeted about Linda Brown, the courageous woman that was at the center of the historic Brown v Board of Education trial, and her passing on yesterday. That trial ended legal segregation in our American school systems and today's event will hopefully result in some impactful advancements for technology in education.
One of the major updates from the event is the announcement of the new, 9.7-inch iPad. It'll feature Apple Pencil functionality along with app updates that take advantage of the Pencil. It's available today and costs $329 for consumers or $299 for schools.
Apple also stuck their foot in the augmented ground, declaring that iOS was the largest AR platform in the world and introducing three new education-centered AR apps.
"Apple, so far, has done an excellent job of putting women speakers onstage today," says Lauren Good of The Verge. "But that's not altogether surprising when you consider that they're including testimonials from teachers: the US's teaching workforce is overwhelmingly female. Federal data from 2015–2016 says 77 percent of US teachers are female."
A new Everyone Can Code curriculum was introduced, with focuses on video, photography, music, and drawing. The first session is taking place in Chicago.
Stay tuned to Shacknews for further updates!