In memory and honor of the visionary Mr. Jobs, this week we're sharing some of the many education related resources that Apple Computer has made available.
In Memoriam: Steve Jobs
Below I have provided summary information and select details about some of the many resources available from Apple on this page: www.apple.com/education/resources.
Apple offers 15 different Professional Development hands-on workshops for educators. Apple experts will show you how to integrate their products into your curriculum, assessment strategies, and overall student environment, for a richer teaching and student learning experience. Workshops are held at your school (or district site of your choosing), and they can be tailored to your group’s specific needs. All Apple Professional Development workshops qualify for Continuing Education Units. Click here to download the PD workshops catalog.
I have to assume the aforementioned workshops are charged for (I'll clarify that and update this accordingly), but there are also a number of free Professional Development resources available from Apple, including the “Tune-in Series” of technology seminars for educators and IT leaders, and these “iWork Tutorials”.
Special Education & Accessibility
Apple is clearly committed to accessibility, and provides extensive resources for students with special needs, and for developers looking to accommodate those needs. Resource sections are broken out by product types (OS X, iPad, iPhone, and iPod & iTunes), with subsections on each page dedicated to Vision, Hearing, and Physical & Motor Skills. Also, don't miss the general resources page.
Here are a few examples of the tools and information that are offered in Apple's Accessibility web pages:
- iPad – Vision Accessibility : “iPad includes an amazing screen reader along with other innovative accessibility features that make it easier to use for those who are blind or have impaired vision.”
- Resources for developers to make their applications accessible on the Mac and the iPhone.
- AssistiveWare.com/Community, which focused on how those with special needs use the Mac.
- The iPhone users guide, which has been designed with accessibility in mind – it is available in HTML, you can download it in ePub format for free from iBooks and listen using ‘VoiceOver‘ technology, you can download it in tagged PDF format, or in an electronic Braille version, and you can even order an embossed copy!
- “Users in Control: A Fresh Perspective on Accessibility“, offers an insightful look at how people with disabilities are empowered through Mac OS X.
Apple has developed and made available a variety of tools designed around curriculum support.
Challenge Based Learning: One of the curriculum tools Apple has compiled focuses on Challenge Based Learning, which “applies what is known about the emerging learning styles of high school students and leverages the powerful new technologies that provide new opportunities to learn to provide an authentic learning process that challenges students to make a difference.” Click here to download Apple's Challenge Based Learning curriculum guidelines; click here to access their CBL Classroom Guide.
There happens to be a free webinar, “Challenge Based Learning in action” coming up on Tuesday, October 19 from 10 to 11:30 AM Pacific Time. Learn more and register for this webinar here.
Apple also has these other Curriculum Resources available: a “Moviemaking Curriculum”, a “Guide to Creating Student-Led Documentaries”, and a science learning piece titled, “How Notebook Computers, Digital Media and Probeware Can Transform Science Learning”.
Apple's funding information resources include:
- This guide to “Using federal funds for Apple education solutions”.
- Getting Creative with Perkins: “The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act gives educators an opportunity to refresh their career and technical programs and, in the process, provide engaging learning opportunities, 21st century skills and better prospects for high school students on the brink of transitioning to their adult lives.” This document provides lots of insights and ideas into how these funds can be leveraged.
- This brochure about Apple's Trade-In Program for Education.
- Click here for information about Student, Faculty, and Staff Discounts.
Apps for Education
This page includes different two sections of Apps – one section for the iPad, and another for the iPod Touch/iPhone. Each section is grouped into the following Academic Subject Categories: English Language Arts; Mathematics; Science; History and Geography; Language Development; Arts, Music, and Creativity; and Reference, Productivity, and Collaboration.
Thanks to Apple for providing all of these great resources!
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