Tuesday, 12 January 2016 13:03

Apple delivers more education features in dev beta of iOS 9.3

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Apple’s iOS for Education initiatives have received a timely boost just ahead of the 2016 new school year, with the first developer beta of iOS 9.3 delivering new education features.

Earlier today, Apple released the first developer beta of iOS 9.3.

The current version of iOS we’re all using is 9.2, but a public beta of iOS 9.3 is hot on the heels of the developer beta, and is due to arrive tomorrow - Wednesday 13 January, 2016.

Apple advises iOS 9.3 ‘includes some great new education features that provide even more opportunities for students to learn, engage and interact using iPad, new ways for teachers to keep students on track and on task, and stronger capabilities for admins and IT personnel to support learning.’

As iOS 9.3 is still a developer beta, these features are naturally in preview mode, which you can see at the iOS in Education page, with Apple advising they will ensure that ‘the best classroom experience is about the get better.’

Indeed, at that page, Apple says: "Technology can reshape education. And iPad, with its powerful features and apps, opens up new, more engaging ways of learning. With the iOS 9.3 beta, you’ll find a preview of new features that will make it even easier for schools to put devices where they’ll have the greatest impact — in the hands of students."

So, what are these new features?

Details below, please read on!

As you can see at Apple's iOS in Education page, the new education features in the first developer beta of iOS 9.3 are as follows:

  • Shared iPad: A new way to use iPad, where all students can have a personalised iPad experience - even when they’re sharing devices.
  • Classroom app: A personal teaching assistant right on iPad, the new Classroom app helps educators see and manage what students are doing in class on their iPads, present student work directly to Apple TV and launch every student into the same app during a pop quiz.
  • Apple School Manager: One centralised place for administrators of any number of iPads deployed in a school, offering a complete end-to-end solution for deploying iPads in the classroom - from purchasing apps and distributing devices, to managing Apple IDs and enrolment.
  • Managed Apple IDs: Created in bulk and assigned by the school, Managed Apple IDs put teachers and admins in charge, giving schools the ability to create and control Apple IDs on behalf of students.

As Apple has advised, a public beta of iOS 9.3 will arrive tomorrow, Wednesday 13 January 2016.

Happy learning!

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