Apple’s latest initiative to support education is the enhanced, always-free Apple Education Community to help teachers use iPad, iPhone or Mac in the classroom.
The company quietly launched the platform over the weekend, and it’s expanding the old Learning Center with more resources. Educators of all backgrounds will find something useful in the community, from teachers and digital learning specialists to IT administrators and school leaders.
Apple’s new community is available only in English for teachers in Australia, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States and New Zealand, according to a report on Monday. Anyone in these countries can access the community for free and without the need for educator credentials or an account. The previous program remains available in 36 countries and 16 languages.
In addition to The Learning Center, the Community leverages other Apple work, such as the Learning Coach platform that teaches teachers how to use Apple technology in the classroom.
“At Apple, we believe education can be a powerful force for equity, and that supporting educators is one of the most important things we can do to help learners unlock their potential,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of education and corporate marketing. “We’ve worked alongside teachers in the classroom for over 40 years, and we’ve seen firsthand how passionate and committed educators can increase student engagement and improve learning outcomes through the thoughtful use of technology. »
Educators will find over 120 tutorials in the Education Community to learn how to use built-in Apple apps and features on their iPad and Mac. The lesson ideas aim to inspire teachers to teach their students skills, such as critical thinking.
Inside the forum, sections include General Topics, Teaching and Learning, Coaching, Leadership, Deployment and Management, and Apple Groups. It will quickly become the best way for teachers to share ideas, collaborate, and help advance their careers.
The Coaching, Leadership, and Apple Groups sections can be especially useful for educators. These resources provide professional learning tools to help people in their careers, and Apple says more programs and resources will be added in the future.
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