Teachers may be only now starting to enjoy summer vacation, but Apple is looking ahead to the new school season this fall with a major update to the iTunes U app that makes it easier to do even more on the iPad.
This new digital age can put a strain on the teachers when it comes to enforcing the "no phones in class" rule, but it can also streamline the teaching process to make things more accessible and easier to understand. Here are eight apps that can help teachers better reach their students without pulling them away from their iOS devices.
When 2012 rolled around, Andrea Santilli, a teacher at Woodlawn Beach Middle School in Gulf Breeze, Florida, wanted to find a new way to challenge her 7th grade Advanced Life Science students. She wanted to help thems develop relevant lifelong skills in addition to their regular studies, so Santilli set out on a unique quest.
"I wanted to give them the opportunity to be published so they could use this as part of their academic resume and to make what they learn have real meaning," says Santilli. So she turned to Apple.
What springs to mind when you hear the phrase “technology in education?” Is it an outdated Windows computer collecting dust in the back corner of a classroom? Software that’s nothing more than overly animated flashcards? Or is it the iPad, which supports interactive textbooks and dynamic educational apps for all ages? Whether the tablet is used to teach reading and arithmetic basics to kindergartners, or to create a presentation for teenagers, the iPad is a chameleon in the classroom with the flexibility to adapt to any kind of curriculum. All that’s needed is a school administrator who is willing to adopt it.
When the iPad 2 launched earlier this year, Apple offered a program to donate your first-generation model, where Teach For America would in turn use them in some of the poorest schools across America -- and now, more than 9,000 units have made their way across 38 states.
If you need further evidence that Apple is reshaping the educational landscape with the iPad, look no further than Freed-Hardeman University in Tennessee, who has recently introduced iPads into their innovative iKnow 2.0 program as digital textbooks for students as well as training for the faculty.