So you have Apple gear? There's no doubt that using Apple products in an education setting is empowering as there are many tools that come with the platform. From the powerful built-in desktop apps to the great iOS apps on the Apple iPad, the platform gives teachers a lot to work with but how do you get good at it? The answer? Apple Teacher Tuesdays! Yes, Apple provides free training at local Apple stores targeted to educators. The sessions provide hands-on projects that help you become proficient in using Apple products to engage your students in the classroom. In addition to the in-store training, you can sign up for the Apple Teacher program to earn badges that show your proficiency level and learn of new ways to use Apple products in the classroom. Just sign in with your Apple ID to get started.
To learn more about Apple Teacher Tuesdays, a small group of teachers and the Ed Tech team from District 49 went to a private session of Apple's Teacher Tuesdays at the Promenade Shops in Briargate. We worked on a hands-on project using Keynote on the iPad. We also learn a little about the new Apple Classroom tool that helps manage your student iPads during instruction. As the line of customers outside the store started to grow, our session ultimately had come to an end. The time was well spent. It's not everyday you get a chance to receive free hands-on training from tech companies but the opportunity to polish your apple at the Apple Store can't be beat!