Class Tech Tips: Apple Teacher Program: Self-Paced Learning and Badges

Class Tech Tips: Apple Teacher Program: Self-Paced Learning and Badges

This has been a big week of Apple announcements! No matter how you feel about headphone jacks or the Apple Watch, teachers around the world are abuzz about the new announcements from Apple Education. This week Apple announced Apple Teacher a new program created to support and celebrate educators teaching all levels and subject areas.

What is the Apple Teacher program?

The Apple Teacher program provides a self-paced learning experience for educators. It includes tips, inspiration, news, and learning materials to help teachers discover the power of Apple tools in the classroom. As an Apple Distinguished Educator and former one-to-one iPad classroom teacher I know about the amazing things that can happen when technology tools are used to take your instructional goals to the next level.

How will the Apple Teacher program change your PD?

As a professional development facilitator it is so exciting to see this new release from Apple Education. Badging and micro-credentials is a wonderful way to get anyone excited about mastering new content. Teachers can decide if they want to focus on iPad or Mac proficiency before exploring different tools on each device.

Even if your school isn’t one-to-one, a better understanding of both the Mac and iPad can help you make the most of the devices your students have access to. From GarageBand to Pages, the tools in the Apple ecosystem can be tailored to all grade levels and subject areas.

You can click here to learn more about the Apple Teacher program and sign up to get started!

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If your school would like support with working teachers as they prepare to become Apple Teachers, I’m here to help:

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Monica Burns is a fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom. Visit her website at for creative education technology tips and technology lesson plans aligned to the Common Core Standards.