For all the iOS loving teachers there is good news to share, LearnSprout is now available with Apple devices. The purchase was officially confirmed by the company. The acquisition was made in order to bolster the educational featured tools on the Apple’s iPad.
Apple Is Learning From the Competition
After the success that Google had with the Chromebook laptops, Apple is learning from the competition. This is the main reason for which LearnSprout is now available with Apple devices. The giant wants to regain the teacher market after the sales fell more than 50 percent from 2012 and 2015 while Google and the Chromebook registered a more than 50 percent rise in the sale of the devices.
What is Apple Planning?
After the purchase was made and confirmed, an official at the company was asked what the reason for the acquisition was. He responded that Apple generally buys small companies that develop technological equipment or software from time to time, but they do not discuss their plans or purposes.
According to Bloomberg, the purchase was made by Apple so it can start working on an educational software of its own. The main focus is creating an educational tool that will be 100 percent compatible with the iPad. This information was not confirmed by the Apple company.
What is LearnSprout?
The LearnSprout data system is a software developed three years ago in San Francisco. With it, 12K educators can easily track the performances of their students, from grades to absences and special situations. In order to start the program, the company managed to raise approximately $4.7 million from different investors, including Samsung Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and Formation 8.
After Apple took over LearnSprout in the summer of 2015, all the money received from other investors were returned, according to The Information outlet.
There have been teachers and schools that started working with the LearnSprout program and the results are quite favorable. The great advantage of the LearnSprout is the fact that it has a very user-friendly interface and it can be used by the teachers without making their life too complicated or distracting their attention from the students.
Tales of the LearnSprout Success
One teacher, in particular, has even mounted a video on YouTube trying to underline the advantages of using the learning program. She gives the example of a kindergartener that was missing quite a lot of school. Because their parents couldn’t speak English she was concerned that the information she was trying to pass on would not be understood, so she printed out an attendance graphic using the LearnSprout. The situation was resolved in the end, the teacher finding out the reasons for the child’s absence.
You can see the whole story in the video below.
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