Apple has historically enjoyed a place of prominence in many educational settings. Today, with the iPad 2 and MacBook One-to-One programs, that hasn’t changed much at all.

This week, Apple is highlighting this connection in the Mac App Store with a new featured section named “Macs in Class: Apps for Learning & Teaching.”

Apps such as Pages, Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, MathBoard and more are being featured for students, while teachers are being pointed to such apps as Apple Remote Desktop, Planbook and starQuiz.

Apple is hoping that the Mac App Store takes off in the educational world, a sector that usually stays a generation (or more) behind current technology. I know several schools in the Memphis area that haven’t considered the Mac App Store yet, even though they are all-Mac, due to issues with AppleIDs and security. While Apple does need to roll out some tools that makes imaging hundreds of machines with App Store-purchased apps easier, I have no doubt that featured apps like these are great additions to the classroom.