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Apple Shows Interest in the Education Sector, Buys LearnSprout

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has recently reported its quarterly results, so now it’s time for a shopping spree. The tech company has acquired LearnSprout, a San Francisco-based startup that develops technology for educational purposes.


LearnSprout provides K-12 educators with online data insights, aiming to make some sense of the data held in Student Information Systems. The startup offers schools the possibility to observe attendance trends or health tendency – and even multi-year trend reports.

Part of LearnSprout’s goals is also serving schools and developers alike with the most up-to-date information about their students. It’s not surprising that Apple has acquired the startup since it was founded in 2012 by veterans of Facebook, Google and Microsoft, Franklyn Chien, Anthony Wu, and Joe Woo.

In its three years of existence, LearnSprout and its services has spread like fire across 42 states in the United States. Today, more than 2,500 schools in 200 districts use some of the software developed by the startup.

In the past, the company has enjoyed the contribution of some high-profile investors in the likes of Samsung Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz. It has raised $4.7 million in two rounds – $500,000 and $4.2 million, respectively.

The companies have yet to disclose the financial terms of the deal; so far, Apple has only confirmed the purchase, giving its standard boilerplate statement: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

This is not the first time Apple shows interest in the education sector, as the Silicon Valley company is also known for pushing its iPads in classrooms and allowing students to buy textbooks from iTunes and the iBookstore.

But Apple’s new dive into education shows that the tech giant might have more recent plans for the field. Earlier this month, Apple has released iOS 9.3 beta to developers, and the new update included, among other features, “Shared iPad.” This is an education-related feature that allows more than one student to log in on the same iPad.

The Classroom app, the one that allows teachers to keep an eye on the apps used by his or her students, was also updated. Students can now use the app to share their on-screen activities with each other.

Apple’s newfound interest in education might be driven by the recent success of Chromebooks in schools, as more and more teachers opt to use the lower priced devices powered by Android. But is Apple a little too late to the show?
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About David Mayor

Writer and editor of The Next Digit Media, he takes care of iOS, Apple, Mac and other gadgets. He worked at Apple Inc, before joining to TND Media. He was graduated in Bachelor of Journalism & Mass Communication Degree from Cambridge University. All posts by David

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