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Apple Announces Education Initiatives

New iPad with support for Apple Pencil, curriculum apps launched

CHICAGO— At a press event designed to boost Apple’s presence in classrooms, the company on Tuesday announced a new 9.7 inch iPad, now with support for Apple Pencil. Starting at $329, the new iPad and Apple Pencil give users the ability to sketch ideas and jotting down handwritten notes to marking up screenshots. The new iPad is features a large Retina display, the A10 Fusion chip and advanced sensors that help deliver immersive augmented reality and all-day battery life.

“iPad is our vision for the future of computing and hundreds of millions of people around the world use it every day at work, in school and for play. This new 9.7-inch iPad takes everything people love about our most popular iPad and makes it even better for inspiring creativity and learning,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing.

NEW CURRICULUM APP

The iPad includes “Everyone Can Create,” a new, free curriculum from Apple that helps teachers integrate drawing, music, filmmaking or photography into their existing lesson plans for any subject. The new curriculum joins Apple’s “Everyone Can Code” initiative for teachers. Beginning later this spring, Apple Stores will begin teaching “Everyone Can Create” as part of their regular Today at Apple sessions for educators.

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