Apple loves education and there are a huge range of gadgets and gizmos that make school days more fun, and more educational. The Cupertino company has made it a lifelong ambition to get its Macs, and now, iPads into as many schools as possible and it is seeing a lot of success, particularly in the US.
Thanks to falling prices, more school kids than ever are using Apple products. Both the Mac and iPad offer a great range of powerful educational apps and tools, and the creative software created by Apple (and third parties) makes Apple the best educational experience. In this feature we’re going to look at some of the best Apple gadgets for school.
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Best Apple gadgets for school: Apple Store for Education
When it comes to using Apple products in school there are now two main routes. You can look at using an iPad, or a MacBook.
Remember that Apple has a special store: the Apple Store for Education. This offers special prices on Mac, iPad and AppleCare. Apple Education Pricing is available to all university students, students accepted into university, parents buying for university students and teachers or staff at all levels.
Best Apple gadgets for school: accessories
Here are some great gadgets and accessories to go to school with:
Blue Microphones Snowball Microphone
The Snowball is a great microphone for the Mac and can make a real difference for recording podcasts, voiceovers and other audio tracks.
iPad or MacBook case
No school kid should go to school without a good backpack for their iPad or Mac. We’re big fans of Herschel Supply Co. Pop Quiz Backpack. It has a classic look and waterproof front pocket zipper.
The Fitbit is a wireless activity monitor. It’s a great way for school kids to track how much activity they are getting in a day.
If you’re taking an iPad to school the best thing you can do is attach a good Bluetooth keyboard case to it. A wide range of keyboards for iPad is available, although we’re big fans of the Logitech Ultrathin and Logitech Keyboard Folio models. See: Which are the best iPad keyboards.
Wacom Bamboo Stylus
We think the Wacom Bamboo Stylus is the best pen for the iPad. Although it’s pricey at £29.99 it enables you creative kids to draw and paint to their heart’s content.
Best Apple gadgets for school: Apple training
Apple runs a number of training programs at the Apple Store aimed at kids. The Apple Youth Programmes offer free workshops and programmes for kids to learn all kinds of different computer skills.
Visit the Apple Youth section at the Apple store to find information on the following:
Apple Summer Camp
Apple Summer camp is a place for kids aged 8 to 12. They learn to make movies. Kids learn to storyboard ideas shoot and edit video and create soundtracks. You can sign up for Apple Summer Camp 2015 here.
Field Trips for Teachers and Students
Apple runs a program where teachers and students can go to the Apple Store for a learning experience. Children are taught to create something on the spot, or they can bring a project to the store and show it on the store theatre system. Teachers can take kids to the Field Trip program in Autumn 2014 by signing up here.