Apple Teacher is a free professional learning programme designed to support and celebrate educators using Apple products for teaching and learning. As an educator, you can build skills on iPad 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. You’ll be able to add the professional learning hours to your GTCS update and gain confidence in unleashing the creative potential built in to the iPad.
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.
The programme is open to all educators and is a great way for schools and education authorities 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 to connect with all learners.
Perth & Kinross will be running a series of bootcamp sessions to get you started on the path to greatness. Check out the CPD page to find out when the next session is. If your school is interested in the program, our Regional Training Centre manager can arrange a bootcamp session just for your team.
Jon Smith is a teacher in the USA who found that a disengaged group of 4th grade pupils (9-10 yrs) responded so positively in their experiences of learning social skills by writing their own book. Book Creator helps them combine text, audio and video that you can publish for others to download.
If you’ve recently been handed a council iPad to use in teaching and learning then you’ll notice some apps come pre-installed.
Here you’ll find video tutorial basics with links to further online training when they’re ready 🙂
Probably the best of the bunch in that it can pull together all your pictures and videos in one place, you can draw, write, records your voice telling the story (check out this example )
It is SO simple to use and we’ve seen it used across the spectrum from early years to senior phase. For example pupils creating a visual diary of their school trip, a pupil portfolio solution for teachers and pupils, creating a recipe book for Global Citizenship learning. It comes with your iPad AND they’ve just added the ability to create comics!
Puppet pals is such a great app for creativity and telling stories. Essentially it lets you create puppet shows where you can select characters and backdrops and records different scenes to tell your story. Even better you can take pictures of people or take photos of characters in books and cut them out to use as your puppets – kids love seeing themselves as puppets and they tell the best stories when they are in charge. I’ve seen it used in multiple ways – from pupils telling the story of a historical character or children retelling the story of an incident of bullying and how they want it to be fixed. It’s only our own imagination which limit the possibilities of this app.
This is an easy to use app for making image collages for sharing your experiences and learning, mood boards, artwork and photography, evidence of progress, comics…dozens of applications in your classroom.
An incredibly powerful too – it’s both an interactive whiteboard and a screen casting tool (where it records all the things you do and say on the board and saves as a video for pupils to watch again and again)
Karina Barley from the Digital Learning Tree has collated details of apps which can support pupils with autism, some related to their communication difficulties and helping them with social stories, Continue reading Apps for pupils with Autism→