What’s New in Pages, Keynote and Numbers for iOS Classrooms?

Recently, I wrote about the latest updates for iMovie, iPhoto and Garageband. However, the iLife apps were not the only apps to get a refresh. Pages, Keynote and Numbers also received important updates. These touch optimized office apps are default apps for a lot of iPad schools, simply because they are great for creating digital content. So, in this post we take a look at just what you can expect in the latest updates for Pages, Keynote and Numbers.

Pages

pages for iOS

• Stunning new user interface designed to match iOS 7
• Over 60 Apple-designed templates
• Your most important text formatting options are right in your keyboard, and always just a tap or two away
• Use comments and highlights to share ideas and feedback with others
• Animate data with new interactive column, bar, scatter, and bubble charts
• Use AirDrop to send your document to anyone nearby
• Quickly and easily share a link to your work via Mail, Messages, Twitter, or Facebook
• Anyone with a shared document link will always have access to the latest version of the document and can edit it with you at iCloud.com using Pages for iCloud beta
• Turn your documents into ebooks by exporting to ePub
• New unified file format across Mac, iOS, and web makes documents work seamlessly everywhere
• Turn on Coaching Tips for guided in-app help
• Pages is now available in Arabic and Hebrew
• Improved support for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean

Keynote

keynote for ios

• Stunning new user interface designed to match iOS 7
• New animations and effects including updated Magic Move, Clothesline, and more
• New Apple-designed themes
• Animate data with new interactive column, bar, scatter, and bubble charts
• Use AirDrop to send your presentations to anyone nearby
• Quickly and easily share a link to your work via Mail, Messages, Twitter, or Facebook
• Anyone with a shared document link will always have access to the latest version of the presentation and can edit it with you at iCloud.com using Keynote for iCloud beta
• New unified file format across Mac, iOS, and web makes presentations work seamlessly everywhere
• Turn on Coaching Tips for guided in-app help

Numbers

numbers for ios

• Stunning new user interface designed to match iOS 7
• Brand-new Apple-designed templates
• Animate data with new interactive column, bar, scatter, and bubble charts
• All-new calculation engine for fast performance
• Use AirDrop to send your spreadsheet to anyone nearby
• Quickly and easily share a link to your work via Mail, Messages, Twitter, or Facebook
• Anyone with a shared document link will always have access to the latest version of the spreadsheet and can edit it with you at iCloud.com using Numbers for iCloud beta
• Export to CSV
• New unified file format across Mac, iOS, and web makes spreadsheets work seamlessly everywhere
• Turn on Coaching Tips for guided in-app help

Now that both the iWork and iLife apps are free, Apple have some compelling reasons for schools to choose iOS devices. On top of that, the new iWork for iCloud adds yet another dimension. There are also some big updates for iMovie, iPhoto and Garageband, so it will be interesting to see what the future holds for these popular apps.

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What’s New in iMovie, iPhoto and Garageband for iOS Classrooms?

As you probably already heard, Apple is making both the iLife and the iWork apps free to all users who activate an iOS device after September 1, 2013. However, in addition to making these apps free, Apple also gave them a new look and updated each one with a raft of features to make them more useful than ever before. In this post, we take a look at what’s new for educators in iMovie, iPhoto and Garageband.

iMovie

imovie for ios

  • All-new, streamlined design
  • Share clips, movies, and trailers to iMovie Theater and watch them anywhere
  • Full-screen Video browser with quick clip sharing
  • Adjustments Bar for easy access to audio and video controls
  • 16 new title styles
  • Three new transitions — Slide, Wipe, and Fade through black or white
  • Two new trailers — Indie and Family
  • Slow motion
  • Cutaway, picture-in-picture, and split-screen effects
  • Add just the audio portion of video clips to a movie
  • Detach audio from video in the timeline
  • Duplicate audio or video clips
  • Trim, split, and reposition music and sound effects
  • Adjustable audio fade-in and fade-out
  • High-frame-rate video recording
  • Share via Mail and Messages
  • Use AirDrop to send video clips and iMovie projects
  • Import media via iTunes File Sharing
  • 64-bit support

iPhoto

iphoto for ios

  • All-new streamlined design
  • Create and order professionally printed hardback photo books
  • Order pro-quality prints in a variety of sizes, including square and panoramic
  • Create custom slideshows that can be interactively controlled during playback with touch gestures
  • New photo effects, including Drama, Camera Filters and improved Black & White
  • Advanced search controls for filtering photo views by multiple criteria, such as Favourites, Tags and Flags
  • Share photos directly from iPhoto using Messages
  • Add national flags and currency widgets to web journal layouts
  • Improved support for panoramas in web journal layouts
  • Photos in the Camera Roll can now be deleted from within iPhoto
  • White balance controls now include an “Underwater” option
  • Panoramic photos are displayed as wide-format pano thumbnails in grid views
  • AirDrop photos, web journals and slideshows to other iOS 7 devices
  • New image processing system for improved rendering and performance
  • 64-bit support

Garageband

garageband for ios

  • All-new streamlined design
  • Create a song with up to 32 tracks* using Touch Instruments, audio recordings, and loops – Requires devices with the A7 chip.16 tracks available on iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPad (4th generation), iPad (3rd generation), iPad 2, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation)
  • Record compatible Third-Party music apps using Inter-App Audio in iOS 7
  • Drag and drop audio recordings to create Sampler instruments
  • Support for AirDrop in iOS 7
  • 64-bit support

Have you updated your iLife apps yet? Which changes are you most excited about? Be sure to check out the updates for Pages, Keynote and Numbers, because they also got some very worthwhile upgrades too.

Here’s How iOS 7 Promises to Make iPad Management Easier for Schools

Students reading an ebook on an iPad

Apple’s engineers are working hard towards meeting their Fall 2013 release date for iOS 7. However, their PR department is also working hard to ensure that educators know the full extent of the changes that are coming, and how they will impact iPad management in the classroom. The full list of changes can be found here, but I discuss some of my favorites below and share why they are a good move for Apple to make…especially in light of the forthcoming Android Google Play for Education Store.

1. So, first up, App Store license management:

The App Store Volume Purchase Program now offers institutions the ability to assign apps to users while keeping full ownership and control over app licenses…Apps can be revoked at any time and reassigned to other students.

This makes so much sense and will save a lot of headaches. 99 times out of 100, the school is buying apps for students, so it makes sense that they should have more control over their purchases. With any luck, this will apply to previous purchases too. There are scant few details to support what I am about to say, but it sounds like students could use their own Apple IDs on the device, schools could push apps out to the student device, and recall them when they graduate or no longer need them. No more hassles about which account an app is installed on (school Apple ID vs. personal Apple ID) because schools will have more control over the apps they purchase. Now if only this would apply to the iBooks Store too! I can dream, right? 🙂

In addition to iOS apps, VPP now also supports the purchase of Mac apps and even books, so students can be provided all the tools they need to get their work done.

How long has it taken to get a system together to allow the bulk purchase of Mac apps? A seriously LONG time is the answer, but I am glad that it has finally arrived and that educators can now take advantage of this, as well as iBooks Store purchases, through the VPP store.

2. Next, new options for MDM clients and how they interact with the iPad:

Teachers can remotely lock or unlock iOS devices into a specific app, such as an assessment app, ensuring that all students are on the same activity at the same time.

Love it. I mean you can do this in Apple Configurator right now if you plug the iPads into a sync station to activate it, and you can mimic the same effect with Guided Access, but the ability to do this remotely to multiple devices at once could be a great time saver…but I suspect it might make the Tech Director’s job a little busier! 🙂

With automatic device configuration, new devices purchased by a school can be wirelessly enrolled into their MDM system during setup. In addition, new devices can be placed wirelessly in supervised mode, which enables enhanced management options.

If you’ve ever set up more than 10 iPads before, you will quickly appreciate any further automation that Apple can provide via an MDM solution.

3. A new addition in iOS 7 is AirDrop:

AirDrop allows users to transfer photos, videos, or documents between iOS devices making it easy for teachers and students to collaborate. Users just tap the Share icon within an app and select the person they want to share with. AirDrop does the rest using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Transfers are encrypted, so all their work is highly secure.”

If you have used Instashare in the classroom, and have been longing for Apple to include this as a native sharing option on the iPad, then AirDrop may just be exactly what you are looking for. However, be prepared. If you are using iPad 1s, 2s or even 3s, you look set to be disappointed. AirDrop will only be available for the iPad Mini and the 4th generation iPad and later.

4. Finally, Apple are offering Apple IDs to students of all ages:

Students with Apple ID can have an enhanced personal experience with access to great online services like iTunes U, iCloud backup, and the ability to receive licenses in the new Volume Purchase Program. And now schools will have a program to facilitate Apple obtaining verifiable parental consent for personal Apple IDs for students under age 13.

Not sure how I feel about this one yet, but if you couple it with the new App Store license changes, I could see the potential here to make further efficiency improvements with regards to Apple IDs. After all, a good many Google Apps for Education schools already issue Google accounts to students under 13 in a similar way.

So, which of these changes are you most excited about? Is this enough for you, or were you expecting more? Which ones were you hoping for that did not get added to iOS 7? Feel free to leave a comment below.