Apple acquires education-technology startup LearnSprout

Apple acquires education-technology startup LearnSprout

According to a Bloomberg report, Apple has acquired education-technology startup LearnSprout, a company which develops software that enables schools and teachers to track students' educational performance, attendance, health, and other metrics.

Going by the information shared on the LearnSprout website, the software developed by the company essentially aggregates all student grades across the school; thereby giving teachers and administrators the ability to analyze collected data for gauging current trends on student attendance, college readiness, student health, and other education-related aspects.

LearnSprout has revealed on its website that its software is already in use at more than 2,500 school districts across the US.

As a result of the acquisition of LearnSprout, Apple will apparently use the LearnSprout software to build out its classroom tools, in an evident effort to persuade an increasing number of schools to adopt the iPad -- which has been witnessing dwindling sales -- and other Apple devices.

Meanwhile, though Apple has not officially confirmed the acquisition of LearnSprout, Apple spokesman Colin Johnson issued its standard acquisitions-related statement to Bloomberg, saying: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."