Apple Launches New Learning Coach Program and Features for Educators — THE Journal


Protect Your Access to the Internet

Professional Learning

Apple Launches New Learning Coach Program and Features for Educators

Free Program Trains Educators in Coaching Roles to Learn How to Best Help Teachers Maximize ‘Creation, Not Just Consumption’ in the Classroom

Apple today announced the launch of its new Apple Learning Coach professional learning program for educators who coach teachers, to help them get the most out of Apple technology and boost student engagement in the process.

The free program trains instructional technologists, digital learning specialists, and other educators in coaching roles to learn how to best help teachers maximize Apple technology, emphasizing “classroom creation instead of just classroom consumption,” several educators in the pilot program told THE Journal.

Apple Learning Coach includes self-paced lessons and two days of virtual workshops with Apple Professional Learning Specialists, according to the program website.

ALC is open to employees of K–12 schools and districts in the United States who have an iPad and have earned their Apple Teacher recognition, a course in the Apple Teacher Learning Center that teaches foundational skills with Apple technology. Educators wishing to participate in Apple Learning Coach must submit an application and obtain written approval from their school or district administration, Apple said. Applications will be accepted through April 19 for the next ALC program.

The ALC program overview details how participants learn how to coach teachers to creatively integrate technology into learning, using free apps and resources from Apple’s Everyone Can Create guides for teachers; the Everyone Can Create series includes teacher guides for helping students illustrate their learning through creating, using native iPad video, drawing, music, and photography apps.

The ALC program takes an average of 43.5 hours to complete, according to Apple. Four of the ALC program’s six units are self-paced, with units 3 and 4 consisting of two…