Apple rolls out iPad learning app updates, more resources for teachers
The Learning Coaching Program is now accepting applications for the next cohort
Apple recently announced a number of updates and new resources for K-12 teachers, including new teaching resources with a focus on project-based learning, creativity, and collaboration, as well as on professional learning opportunities.
Through November 16, 2022, Apple is accepting applications for the second national cohort of its Apple Learning Coach program, which trains instructional technologists, digital learning specialists and other educators in coaching roles to help teachers to optimize Apple technology, in part by focusing on class creation instead of mere consumption.
Apple Learning Coach includes self-paced classes and two days of virtual workshops with Apple professional learning specialists. The free program is open to employees of K-12 schools and districts in the United States who own an iPad and have earned Apple Teacher recognition, a course from the Apple Teacher Learning Center that teaches basic skills with the Apple technology.
Educators wishing to participate in Apple Learning Coach must submit an application and obtain written approval from their school or district administration, Apple said. Learn more about ALC and hear from educators who have completed the program on the October episode of THE Journal Insider podcast.
The ALC program overview details how participants learn to coach teachers to creatively integrate technology into learning, using free apps and resources from Apple’s Anyone Can Create projects, each including guides to help students illustrate their creative learning using native iPad video. , drawing, music and photography.
The first public cohort of ANS was certified in July, following two pilot programs last year; More than 1,600 K-12 educators in 49 states and the District of Columbia have earned their Apple Learning Coach certification, Apple said.
Resources for New Teachers
Within the Apple Education Community – a hub for educators using Apple devices launched last month – are new Anyone Can Create projects, designed to “enable educators to develop their creative teaching skills and offer engaging learning experiences on iPad,” Apple said.
The new Anyone Can Create content includes:
Free native iPad learning app updates
Pages, Numbers and Keynote, native iOS apps widely used in classrooms on Apple devices, have rolled out several updates, including giving users the ability to view recent activity in collaborative files and receive notifications when people join, comment and make changes.
Additionally, all three apps now allow users to automatically remove the background from images, and users can remove or replace the background from live video objects in Keynote.
Swift Playgrounds – available as a free download from the App Store and requiring iPadOS 16 or newer or macOS Ventura or newer – now helps users “learn the basics of machine learning by training a model with a simple set of stones , paper, scissors, demonstrating how computers make predictions from data,” Apple said in a press release.
Additional features show how to organize app layouts by creating a journal app. Swift Playgrounds requires no coding knowledge, making it a popular tool for classrooms who are just starting to code. The application is based on the widely used Swift programming language.
Updates to iWork and Swift Playgrounds support new desktop iPad features on iPadOS 16, including a customizable toolbar, new documents menu, and support for Stage Manager, which aims to make multitasking easier on iPad.
Learn more at Apple.com/education.
Kristal Kuykendall is the editor of 1105 Media Education Group. She can be reached at [email protected].