Apple has introduced a new “Apple and Education” section to its website, carrying forward the company’s new focus, the education segment. The central idea is clear and simple: ease the introduction of technology both as a learning and teaching aid. This way, while it will be easier for the educators to teach, the students will be able to grasp the topics more easily. The education segment is also expected to spur the creativity of the students, helping them further to think critically.
The web page covers several aspects of education where Apple feels its products can come in handy. Quite obviously, the iPad tops the list, with the site mentioning the apps and ebooks that the teachers can make the best of. There is also a section for those with disabilities of varying forms. Apple promises better means of both imparting education to the disabled via use of its technology through the host of accessibility options built into iOS platform, and the latest iOS 7 is expected to come with more enhanced accessibility options.
Further, the section also comes with real life experiences of teachers who have implemented Apple tools and devices, and the ways it helped them achieve their goals. Teachers also have at their disposal some nice tools such as the iBooks Author app, which comes free and enables the teachers to create their own ebooks for iPad that suit their teaching styles. There is also the Volume Purchase Program which enables educational institutions to make bulk purchases of apps and ebooks. Finally, the age limit for students to have their own account at iTunes has been brought down to 13.
All of the above shows Apple’s new found zeal to have more of its devices introduced at schools and universities. Their focus is for students and teachers to push the use of its books, apps, and the iPad. Of late, Microsoft has also been working to win over students by offering discounted Surface RT devices.