Apple has unveiled “ClassKit” at its Field Trip education event. It’s basically a framework for educational apps and works pretty much like HealthKit and SiriKit.
The tool allows developers to create apps that can work with Schoolwork, which enables teachers to assign handouts to students and also track their progress. Schoolwork also lets students report their progress to teachers.
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Apple ClassKit: The Framework for Educational Apps
“Schoolwork only receives and displays student progress data for activities a teacher explicitly assigns, and only when students use the Managed Apple ID that was created for them by their school on their device. If your app already uses a student account to enable certain features, ClassKit does not associate that account with the Managed Apple ID that the student uses.” – Apple
When Will ClassKit Be Available?
The ClassKit framework will be available with iOS 11.4 and work in conjunction with Schoolwork. According to Apple, developers can build apps that work with Schoolwork using Xcode 9.4 beta and iOS 11.4 beta.
They also require the access to Apple School Manager and a beta version of Schoolwork for testing.
Some apps have already begun using the tool. Teachers and students can take full advantage of them to collaborate on assignments, report and track progress.
ClassKit and Schoolwork offer desired privacy to students’ privacy. Schoolwork will receive and display student progress data for activities only when a teacher assigns them, and students use the Managed Apple ID.
Just in case an app already uses a student account to enable certain features, the tool won’t associate that account with the Managed Apple ID.
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