Apple launches 'Apple Teacher Portfolio', expands education curriculum

Apple Expands Free Professional Learning To Help Teachers Champion Creativity
Apple Expands Free Professional Learning To Help Teachers Champion Creativity (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple has launched a new Apple Teacher Portfolio.
  • It is a resource for teachers to help them bring creativity to the classroom.
  • Apple is also expanding its Schoolwork and Classroom apps.

Apple has today launched a brand new initiative called the Apple Teacher Portfolio.

In a press release the company stated:

Apple unveiled a new self-paced professional learning offering, Apple Teacher Portfolio, to help educators bring creativity to every lesson and any subject, no matter where learning happens. Apple is also providing updates across its Schoolwork and Classroom apps and the popular Everyone Can Create curriculum, which take advantage of the latest features of iPad and Apple apps. Apple Teacher Portfolio is a new recognition badge that educators can earn through Apple Teacher Learning Center, the self-paced professional learning platform. The free offering helps educators make the most of Apple technology through each phase of their lesson planning to help students activate prior knowledge, explore a topic more deeply, and apply understanding. With 21 templates and lesson ideas inspired by the Everyone Can Create project guides, educators can enhance their work with engaging everyday lessons for students, using apps like Keynote, GarageBand, and iMovie.

The scheme will become a compilation of ideas from teachers that can be shared, leading to "transformation in teaching practice" and acting as a portfolio/journal for teaching milestones.

Apple has also updated its 'Everyone Can Create' curriculum:

New updates across Apple's Everyone Can Create curriculum take advantage of the latest features of iPad and apps such as iMovie, Clips, and GarageBand. The Drawing guide has been updated to include motion graphics and animation in Keynote, while Photos now covers the creation of animated GIFs using Keynote, and the Camera and Photos apps. The Video guide will explore creating short films using a green screen and other special effects, and Music adds new podcasting features using GarageBand.

Apple also plans to update its Schoolwork and Classroom apps to give teachers the option to share projects with colleagues, improved sidebar navigation, and more. Classroom will also work to support learning outside of school, with teachers being able to invite remote students into their Classroom sessions.

You can read the full release here.

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