Friday, October 7, 2016

Apple Teacher: Using the Powerful Tools Already in Your Hands

Rolling out a new app approval process in our district has many educators eager to easily share their favorite apps with their students. It is an exciting shift and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.

Attending an Apple event yesterday, I was reminded of the power of the tools and apps ALREADY on our district iPads. That stands for both students and teachers!

You can put these tools to work for you and your students today, whether it is:
  • using AirDrop to share files and project templates from any core app with students as they are ready for them, 
  • turning on and teaching ALL students to use the Accessibility features on the iPad to support every students unique abilities, 
  • utilizing free, high quality content from iTunes U to find personalized resources in all subjects, 
  • or putting the powerful suite of Apple Apps (iWork apps, iMovie, GarageBand, and Photos) already on the iPads to better use with students.
Recently Apple announced a new program that is intended to offer educators a leg up on better utilizing the iPad and the Mac within the classroom. It is called Apple Teacher. It is a FREE training and certification program that teaches in depth about the various Apple Apps and features on iPad and Mac, provides insight and ideas for utilizing the tools with your students, and offers a certification test for those interested in being recognized as an Apple Teacher.

Several teachers around the district have already completed their Apple Teacher certifications, but more importantly, are re-discovering how the power of these tools can be put to use in the classroom.

If you are interested in signing up for the Apple Teacher program, visit this link.

Even if you are not interested, it is worth taking a moment to look at Apple Education/Teacher page. Here are just a few articles worthy of your time that might spark some ideas for you.

  • How iBooks Author and iBooks on iPad transformed one school
  • Making things easier to see for some students by inverting colors on the iPad
  • Make data and charts interactive using Numbers on the iPad
  • View every student's screen at once with Apple Classroom
  • Teachers can take free workshops to learn Pages, Numbers, Keynote, etc. at Apple Stores
  • Exploring the heart with an app
  • Making waves with Advanced Physics on the iPad

Consider reviewing some of the resources, but more importantly, pick up your iPad and start exploring app icons that have been sitting in Self Service or on your home screen for some time, but that you have yet to dig into. Maybe that spark of inspiration will strike you!

If you are already an Apple Teacher, let us know in the comments!