Apple’s new ClassKit is a framework for educational apps that helps teachers track student progress, assign activities, and even personalize their teaching instruction. Here are the details.
Everything we know about ClassKit Framework is more than enough. Like SiriKit, HomeKit, and HealthKit, ClassKit, is a framework that developers can use to add new education-based features to their apps. Adopting ClassKit lets developers create apps that work with Schoolwork, giving teachers the tools they need to assign activities and students the tools they need to report their progress.
Apple has used its dedicated educational event in Chicago, to announce a new ClassKit framework coming to the iOS SDK. The company also made no secret of its desire to transform education in the modern world using its products and services. The announcements therein further solidified the company’s commitment to that vision.
To understand ClassKit, you will need to know about Schoolwork, Apple’s new app for education. Schoolwork gives teachers a tool to distribute and collect assignments, track their progress, and collaborate with students. The same app also gives students place to turn in assignments, track their own progress, and collaborate with their teachers. ClassKit is where lets developers create apps that work with Schoolwork.
As part of that vision, Apple announced the existence of a new framework called ClassKit, which be released alongside the iOS 11.4 SDK and give developers the ability to build new education-based apps which integrate with a slew of Apple apps, including the new Schoolwork app:
The ClassKit framework, coming in iOS 11.4, works with a powerful new iPad app called Schoolwork that helps teachers and students keep track of assignments and progress.
With ClassKit, you can help teachers easily discover specific learning activities in your app, take students directly to the right activity with a single tap, and securely and privately share progress data to help teachers personalize instruction.
Developers will be able to guide students and teachers through their educational apps by defining and displaying assignable content. Neat, this is what can developers do with ClassKit.
The existence of the new framework for classrooms was leaked back in February when Apple released the second pre-release seed of iOS 11.3 build. How can ClassKit be used? In all honesty, Apple really hasn’t gone into much more detail now, but this is what it does.
- a teacher assigns an activity from a developer’s app
- the student sees the assignment in their own Schoolwork app
- the student taps on the assignment and is taken directly to the activity within the developer’s app
However, we do know that Apple will be exposing ClassKit with the release of iOS 11.4, is likely in the works as we speak. And it will be available in beta soon, probably right after iOS 11.3 goes public.
If not, there are several apps that are already using ClassKit. Teachers can assign activities from these apps using Schoolwork and track student progress. ClassKit will integrate with other apps like Swift Playgrounds, GarageBand, Clips, and the iWork suite of apps.
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