Apple just turned into an educational institution: what is the “Apple Teacher Portfolio”?

With the COVID-19 pandemic, students and teachers have been forced to stay home, like everyone else. While the saying goes “desperate times call for desperate measures”, this time the solution lies in software innovation. Of course, that wouldn’t be possible without great hardware as well.

The latest addition to Apple’s portfolio is “Apple Teacher Portfolio”. This is a new “badge” for teachers, which aims to prove their ability to teach using Apple’s proprietary software: Keynote, GarageBand, iMovie and hardware – iPad, MacBook or even iPhone, which is also capable of running the mentioned applications. .

If you are a teacher

To get the badge, you’ll need to access Apple’s Teacher Learning Center – a learning platform for educators. You will be able to access a variety of lessons with corresponding templates, which will help you start creating projects, which will help you and your students. You should be able to learn how to use Apple’s powerful software as mentioned earlier. Ed Sheeran creates their music. Although not as powerful as Logic, GarageBand has all the basic features to let you record and produce a song. In fact, you can even record, edit, and produce a full-fledged podcast using this free software, which is amazing! Check out Audacity, which is an equally awesome free program, if you’re a Windows user!

If you are a student

For starters, you should already see some benefits just from your teachers being more comfortable with the software they use! We all know a teacher who struggles with technology, so hopefully this helps make their job smoother.

Other than that, Apple rolled out a bunch of updates to the Classroom app to make it more Zoom-like, and that’s a good thing. The app is now more relevant to today’s times as it brings distance learning to the fore. You will now be able to share your screen with your teachers, and they will be able to invite you to sessions.

Good news for Mac M1 users: Classroom has been redesigned through Mac Catalyst, providing a seamless experience on Mac, running on the M1 chip!

With the update, teachers will be able to invite remote students to classroom sessions where they can guide them to apps, show their screen (with the student’s permission), and track their engagement. The software has also been rebuilt using Mac Catalyst, making it compatible with iPad and Mac, including Macs powered by Apple’s M1 chips.

There are a bunch of other smaller updates, which can go a long way, such as the ability to include motion graphics and animations in Keynote through the “Anyone Can Create” program. Take a minute to check everything for you.

Apple Teacher Portfolio is available today from the Apple Teacher Learning Center. “Anyone Can Create” guides are free to download (from Apple Books), while updated versions of Schoolwork and Classroom can be accessed through AppleSeed for IT.

If you are neither a teacher nor a student

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Janice G. Ball