Anyone who knows me, knows I absolutely LOVE Apple products. I wasn’t always an Apple girl. It all started when I returned to the classroom several years ago. I had no choice but to use a Mac because that is what our school district used. All of my computer experience consisted of Microsoft, so it took a while to get used to Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. However once I did, I would never look back! In the past 9 years that I have been back to work, Apple has developed amazing products to enhance student productivity and creativity. They also display a strong commitment to education and supporting students and teachers. Now, there is even MORE of a reason to love Apple, The Apple Teacher Program.
The Apple Teacher Program is a program that helps teachers get the most out of Apple products. Once you sign up with your Apple ID, you have a multitude of resources available to you. The resources I found the most helpful are the iBooks dedicated to each Apple app. There is an iBook for each productivity app as well as creative app for both iPad and Mac.
What I love about this is you can learn about these products/apps at your own pace. You can skip over what you already know, re-read what is confusing, or take it one skill at a time. All while in the comfort of your own home. After you’ve mastered each product/app , you can take a quick 5 question quiz to earn badges. Once you pass all 8 quizzes, you get the Apple Teacher 2016 badge that you can proudly display. Not only are there “Starter Guides” for the above Apple products, there are many other iBooks that have been written for educators to help YOU learn tips and tricks for other apps you could use in your classroom.
Another amazing FREE PD Apple offers teachers is “First Tuesdays for Teachers“.
In select areas, Apple stores offer PD on their apps and products, the first Tuesday of every month. I attended my first one on November 1st, and it covered Keynote. A Creative Team member from the Apple Store lead the session. There were about 10 other educators there and the session lasted for and hour and a half. The session was hands on and was very informative. I highly recommend searching for a store near you and registering today!
One of our goals as educators is to inspire our students to become life long learners. I strongly believe that leading by example is very powerful. It is easy to get bogged down with school work and home life, but we need to take the time to grow as educators. We need to take the time to learn new things. We need to take the time to be a good role model to our students and show them that WE TOO are life long learners.
Now that…Is Positively Techie!