The Burton-On-Trent Apple Regional Training Centre (RTC) opened at The de Ferrers Academy Trent Campus in September 2013 and during the last 5 years, over 1300 educators from across the UK and Europe have visited and taken part in our free workshops. We have also run bespoke workshops at several Midland schools, for Initial Teacher Education students at The University of Nottingham and The University of Derby and for groups of teachers in Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Hong Kong.
Apple Regional Training Centres deliver courses to build the skills and confidence of educators to use Apple technology inside and outside the classroom. We are a community who share best practices and inspire excellence through teaching with Apple technology. Best of all, every workshop is free.
All of our workshops are run by highly experienced teachers and focus on learning and pedagogy with digital tools, not just the technical aspects. Our trainers are all Apple Teachers and include 2 Apple Distinguished Educators and an Apple Education Trainer/Education Strategic Planning expert.
Several of the new courses and workshops this year can help delegates with earning their badges towards gaining official Apple Teacher status (see https://www.apple.com/uk/education/apple-teacher/ ).
Why book a place on our workshops?
- Experienced trainers based at an Apple DIstinguished School
- Innovative and inspirational ideas
- Material and ideas aimed at all levels of education, from early years to Higher Education
- Course materials and refreshments provided
- Excellent feedback
- All workshops are FREE!
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This year’s workshops include:
- An introduction to iPad
- Assessment and workflow with iPad
- Embedding video and animation in the curriculum
- Simplify your life and save time with iPad and digital tools
- Publish your own digital content
- Creative Challenge Day in Birmingham (Apple Store)
- Developing leadership skills for the digital age (course)
You can book up to 4 places on each course, using the links to the Eventbrite booking website. There are limited places available and we ask that you please let us know in advance if someone is unable to turn up, so we can offer the place to someone else.
Workshops are open to anyone involved in education, including school leaders, teachers, teaching assistants, ICT technicians and student teachers.
All delegates will be encouraged to bring their own iPad, so that we can share workshop resources via iTunes U and AirDrop, although we can provide iPads with apps pre-installed for anyone that does not have one.
Most workshops will take place on Trent Campus, The de Ferrers Academy, Burton-On-Trent (DE13 0LL).
For 2018-2019, we may also run some workshops at new The Sixth Form Campus.
Workshops for 2018 - 2019
1. Introduction to iPad - Monday 8th October 2018 [3:45pm - 5:45pm]
Get to grips with how to use your iPad as a powerful teaching & learning tool. This free workshop will include:
(a) iPad orientation tour
(b) hands-on guide to using the built-in tools
(c) A quick look at the best free Apple apps
(d) 20 quick win ideas for using your iPad as a both a teacher and as a learner.
(e) Loads of top tips and power user hints
We will help you to earn your first Apple Teacher badge.
Book tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-ipad-tickets-48110469710
2. Assessment and workflow with iPad - Tuesday 4th December 2018 [1:00pm - 3:30pm]
This is a detailed, hands-on workshop looking at the pedagogy and best tools for using iPad and learning technologies to support staff and students with Assessment For Learning. Find out about digital workflows and a range of apps for formative & diagnostic assessment.
We will look at quick wins for differentiation, personalisation, flipped learning and peer assessment. Discover the power of using audio and video feedback with a range of free tools and apps in any subject or key stage.
3. Embedding video and animation in the curriculum - Monday 11th February 2019 [3:45pm - 5:45pm]
In this workshop we will explore a wide range of apps and iPad tools that students can use to create high quality audio, video and animation. Find out how to use these products to model thinking and assess understanding and try some approaches to embed and integrate them into a wide range of curriculum areas for both primary and secondary schools.
.We will help you to earn your Apple Teacher ‘Creativity with iPad’ badge.
4. Simplify your life, save time with iPad & digital tools - Friday 8th March 2019 [3:45pm - 5:45pm]
In this workshop we will look at a wide range of productivity tools for organisation, data capture, presenting, collaboration and filing.
Delegates will explore and try some of the best apps designed to make their life easier and create more time. We can help you earn you ‘Productivity with iPad’ badge for Apple Teacher.
5. Publish your own digital content - Wednesday 1st May 2019 [3:45pm - 5:45pm]
Find out how you can use iPad or MacBook to create and publish your own unique, digital content and then distribute it to students, parents or the whole world.
Delegates will explore the affordances and possibilities of digital content and look at some basic aspects of design and layout. Trainers will share links and examples of awesome digital content.
6. Creative challenges around Birmingham - July 2019 - date TBA [10:00am - 4:00pm]
This special event will be a day of exploration and creativity around central Birmingham, including a visit to the Apple Store.
Delegates will use a range of apps on a field trip around the city to capture soundscapes, take measurements, create historical videos and much more. We’ll look at how to embed these lear ing experiences into the curriculum.
Book tickets here: COMING SOON
7. Developing Leadership skills in the digital age - 4 part course taking place during 2018-2019
Greg Hughes (Apple Professional Learning Specialist)
Date and Times:
Meeting 1 - Vision & Planning - Friday 23rd November 2018 [9:00am-11:00am]
Meeting 2 - Implementation & practicalities - Tuesday 15th January 2019 [1:00pm-3:00pm]
Meeting 3 - Virtual group video chat (via Zoom) - Monday 18th March 2019 [11:00am-12:00pm]
Meeting 4 - Impact & Sustainability - Monday 1st July 2019 [12:00pm - 2:00pm]
This course is a series of workshops, seminars and reflective tasks for educators wanting to successfully lead 1:1 iPad programmes and achieve impact.
Greg Hughes will share with delegates some of the approaches behind the success of The de Ferrers Academy and examine strategies to overcome common barriers and pitfalls, including approaches to CPD, change management, prioritising, curriculum planning.