The focus of this week’s faculty tech training was to take a look at Apple’s recent additions to their professional development offering for teachers. This included the Apple Teacher certification program and the Everyone Can Create curriculum resources. Note that to access these resources you will need an Apple ID and the Books app.
“Apple Teacher is a free professional learning program designed to support and celebrate educators using Apple products for teaching and learning. As an educator you can build skills on iPad and Mac that directly apply to activities with your students, earn recognition for the new things you learn, and be rewarded for the great work you do every day.
“When you sign up for Apple Teacher, you’ll start a self‑paced journey through the Apple Teacher Learning Center and Multi-Touch starter guides for iPad and Mac. The program is open to all educators and is a great way for schools and districts to offer free professional learning that their staff can work through together.
“Whether you’re new to Apple products or have been using them for years, whether you have a single device or one for every student — Apple Teacher has the tools you need to use iPad and Mac to connect with all learners.”
Everyone Can Create
“A collection of project guides that bring creative expression to every subject.
The projects in the Everyone Can Create guides teach students to develop and communicate ideas through video, photography, music, and drawing. And they help ignite creativity by giving teachers fun and meaningful ways to bring these skills into any lesson, topic, or assignment.
“Designed with the help of educators and creative professionals, Everyone Can Create project guides introduce the language, fundamental skills and techniques of video, photography, music, and drawing. Students will use free apps available on any iPad, like Clips and GarageBand, taking advantage of the built-in camera, microphone, speakers, Multi-Touch display, and support for Apple Pencil.
“The collection also offers a project guide to help teachers infuse these skills into the subjects they teach every day. So students can use musical rhythm to make a math equation more memorable, produce a video to re-create a turning point in history, or use drawing to illustrate a city’s changes in architecture over time.”