Overview

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This resource highlights the tools and resources available from Apple Education:

  • Get an overview of the wide range of education apps, books and courses available from iTunes U.

  • Discover accessibility features you can use to differentiate for a range of student learning styles and levels.

  • Learn how to use iTunes U to create and manage iPad-based learning for your students.

Visit the Teachers page on the Apple Education website for a selection of tips, stories and other useful materials for teachers.

  • An iPad or Mac computer. The iTunes U links in this teaching resource won’t work on a Windows device, even with iTunes installed. Update your OS X or iOS operating system and apps.

  • Create a free Apple ID to access Apple services such as iTunes U.

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About iPads

The portability of iPads makes them a flexible learning tool. For general use information, download the iPad user guide for your iOS version.

About Macs

Mac desktop or laptop computers run on the OS X operating system. Macs are suitable for working in more complex apps that require processing or larger amounts of data.

Display iPad content on a large screen

You and your students can mirror your iPad or Mac screen contents for the whole class to see on an interactive whiteboard, projector screen or high definition TV (HDTV).

To do this wirelessly:

  • purchase a subscription to AirServer, or

  • purchase an Apple TV device and use AirPlay to mirror an iOS device’s screen to a projector or HDTV.

Support

Visit the Apple education support page to learn about the Apple School Manager, which can help you manage your school’s devices, apps and accounts and for other support information.

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Apps allow students to become creators of digital media as well as consumers of it. Apps can be used by individual students, for whole class activities, or to enhance your productivity.

Find iPad apps

  • From the App store, browse apps listed in the Education category

  • From iTunes, open iTunes U and open the ‘Learning for Every Grade’ collection to browse apps sorted into different levels of schooling and subject areas.

The ‘Classroom’ app

Use Apple’s Classroom app during a lesson to do the following things on all iPads simultaneously or on selected students’ iPads:

  • view students’ screens in real time

  • launch a website or app and share documents

  • lock iPads into a single app (useful if they’re taking a test on their iPad or to help them stay focused on a set task)

  • instantly lock and unlock iPad home screens to restrict/enable their use.

Use the App Store from within OS X to download apps.

  • With iBooks Author (free) you can create interactive multi-touch books which can be viewed on Macs and iPads. You can easily insert interactive images, image galleries, scrolling sidebars, 3D objects, pop-overs and other HTML widgets into these books.

  • Pro apps have powerful features which give students full creative control of their projects. Examples include Final Cut Pro X for video editing or Logic Pro X for music production.

iTunes U

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One location for Apple’s digital resources

Use iTunes U to download resources for your students or to further your professional development.

Resource types

  • iBooks are digital books, made for reading on iPads or Macs.

  • iBooks textbooks are books created in iBooks Author - a free, Mac only app. They can incorporate videos, photo galleries, interactive 3D objects and chapter reviews. Students can highlight text, take notes, search for content and access definitions in the glossary. You can also access iBooks and iBooks textbooks from the iBooks app.

  • Courses can incorporate a range of rich learning materials. Sort courses by grade level, subject, or alignment to the Australian Curriculum. Find units of work created by Australian schools and professional learning courses.

  • Videos, lectures and podcasts are also available.

On an iPad: Open the iTunes U app and click on the ‘Featured’ menu item.

On a Mac: Open iTunes. Select the ellipsis icon at the top left of the iTunes window and choose ‘iTunes U’ from the dropdown menu.

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The For Educators category is the best place for teachers to start. It’s been curated by Australian educators and mapped to the Australian Curriculum. Browse the various collections to find a wide range of resource types relevant to teaching and learning.

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Resources by Apple

The Apple Education website can help you get the best out of Apple hardware and apps and contains resources to help students learn to code in Swift - a programming language for developing apps.

App-related

Books

Accessibility

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Support all students with the accessibility features Apple offers. Accessibility features can benefit a diverse range of learning profiles, such as young students or those learning English as a second language. They can also be used to scaffold literacy tasks.

You can take advantage of these features to ensure every student is appropriately supported and challenged, including those with disabilities.

Read these accessibility tips for teachers for ideas that can benefit a wide range of students.

OS X

Visit the OS X accessibility and OS X for special education pages.

iOS

Visit the iOS Accessibility and iOS for special education pages. Many of the OS X accessibility features are available, as well as some iOS specific ones.

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Create courses

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With iTunes U you can build tailor-made courses and units of work.

  • You can create and deliver iPad-based lessons, distribute and mark student work and engage in group or one-on-one discussions within your course.

  • All your teaching resources and planning are stored in one easy-to-access place.

  • Incorporate iTunes resources into your course, or create your own.

  • Once you’ve published a course, students have immediate access to all the materials, instructions, due dates, and grading information.

  • You can duplicate your course and send it to your colleagues, who can use the course immediately with their class or modify it to suit their needs.

  • Begin by opening the iTunes U app on an Apple device, or use the web-based iTunes U course manager portal.

Using a PC, teachers and students can create and subscribe to courses, but cannot include or view any Apple-specific tools or resources (such as apps or iBooks) within the course. As an alternative to iTunes U, you might explore Google Apps For Education or Office 365 – access both through the department staff portal.

Visit the iTunes U section of the Education Support page and look for the ‘Publish your content on iTunes U’ link to download iTunes U course guidelines.

Library

The ‘My Courses’ section contains all the courses you have created or subscribed to. Click on the ‘Instructor’ section to create a new course or view and edit courses you’ve created. The posts, discussions, students and materials related to each course are also displayed in this section.

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Course

Within a course, the ‘Info’ section gives an overview of the course content. The ‘Posts’ section contains the lesson sequence and may incorporate assignments and links to apps and other content. Students can create their own notes in the ‘Notes’ section, while the ‘Materials’ section lists all apps and digital resources used within the course.

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  • Use the integrated gradebook and homework hand-in features to see when a student has viewed an assignment, has completed their work, or to send them a reminder.

  • Submitted projects are all organised in one place, making them easy to review and saving you from marking a stack of books.

  • Add instructions or comments to PDFs with built-in annotation tools

  • Send private messages to personalise instruction by giving students individual help and feedback. Or use group discussions so that every student can contribute to and see a conversation.

Additional resources

  • Find Apple-related courses on the NSW Education Standards Authority site. Once logged in, click on the Teacher tab and then Courses Lookup. You could use keywords such as ‘Apple’ ‘iPad’ or ‘iTunes U.’

  • Enrol in courses on topics such as ‘using iPads outside’ and ‘using iTunes U’ on the Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre Professional Learning page.

  • Order Apple computers and accessories from the department’s Technology section website.

  • Apple’s Volume Purchase Program allows educators to purchase many apps and interactive books at a 50% discount for quantities of 20 or more.

  • Visit the Apple Education Store to get teacher discounts on Apple products for personal use.