To bridge gaps between educators and technology, Apple has launched a new ‘Apple Teacher Portfolio’ as a self-paced professional learning tool to enable educators to bring creativity to today’s classrooms. In addition, the company has also updated its Schoolwork and Classroom apps, along with ‘Everyone Can Create curriculum’.
Cupertino tech giant has been working with academic institutions and professionals to incorporate technology in schools’ curriculum so that the youth learning coding and come up with intelligent and digital solutions. Recently, primary school students created a language prototype iPad app ‘Let’s Learn Samoan’ to learn their native language after their teacher was transferred. And to continue education online during the COVID-19 pandemic, Apple launched ‘Community Education Initiative 2020’ designed for teachers for remote learning in the United States.
The new ‘Apple Teacher Portfolio’ allows teachers to compile, share and earn badges for their lesson plans
As a self-paced professional learning tool, the new ‘Apple Teacher Portfolio’ offers teachers the opportunity to self-reflect on their lesson plans, compile the most creative and engaging lesson, share their work and do a lot more. Furthermore, teachers are offered 21 templates and lesson ideas from the Everyone Can Create project guides to improve their planning.
Felecity Treptow, technology integration specialist at D.C. Everest Area School District in Wisconsin, said:
“Apple Teacher Portfolio gives districts a platform to ask the right questions and help teachers reflect on their work in meaningful ways. A portfolio is a way of showing pride in what you’ve learned or created. My very first educator portfolio still sits on my shelf at home, and I love looking back at it as an important chapter of my life’s work. I’m excited to give this tool to teachers across our district, so they too can be proud of the work they create throughout their career, and to see their learning journey through tangible artifacts.”
Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations and Product Marketing for Enterprise and Education said:
“For more than 40 years, Apple has worked alongside educators and made products that enhance learning for every student. To support schools in getting the most from Apple products, we developed professional learning as an essential part of our education offering. The new Apple Teacher Portfolio helps build educators’ confidence in reimagining their lessons and recognizes them for the great work they do every day. After this unprecedented year, we want to continue to inspire every educator as much as they inspire us.”