Can Apple's iPad/Pencil combo and education software banish Chromebooks?

For decades, Apple ruled the classroom with their friendly Macintosh and later, iMac computers. Then Google came along and suddenly, it seemed like every kid out there was tapping away on a low-cost Chromebook. Now,  Apple is redoubling their efforts to again dominate the educational computer space, but this time, they’re using the iPad and a suite of new and upgraded software tools.

DT Editor in Chief Jeremy Kaplan attended the recent Apple Event where a new 9.7-inch iPad tailored for the classroom was unveiled. It looks just like the base iPad model in Apple’s lineup, but there’s more horsepower under the hood with an A10 chip, 32 gigs of memory and  full support for the Apple Pencil, which only worked with the iPad Pro units, until now. Best of all, the price is just $329, or $300 for education market buyers.

Along with the iPad, Apple rolled out a wide range of software goodies for students, teachers and administrators alike, which essentially let you run a school’s curriculum via the iPad. Compelling. But will it be enough to banish the now ubiquitous chromebooks? We’ll see.

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