With Mac in your class, students have access to powerful apps to produce exceptional work. What they’ll create will surprise you. Over and over again.
With Mac and these powerful free apps, students write, analyse data and present their work in engaging ways. In Pages, you and your students can design stunning newsletters, book reports, flyers and more. For data-rich projects, Numbers helps students build tables, charts and graphs that leap off the page. With Keynote, students and teachers can create presentations with stunning transitions, 3D charts and video. Each app includes templates to get you off to a great start. And they’re compatible with Microsoft Office, so it’s easy to share files with PC users. With iCloud, you can access your documents, presentations and spreadsheets from any device you’re using — whether it’s Mac, iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
These powerful apps come standard on every Mac, and they bring out the creative side of students and teachers alike. iPhoto makes it easy to put together captivating slideshows, make a photo book to recap the school year or chronicle an excursion with snapshots. With iMovie, your class can use simple yet powerful editing tools to create video projects, like a documentary on a student election or a trailer for a school play. And with GarageBand, students can record, edit and mix their own music or sound effects for any project. The possibilities for your classroom are endless.
When curious minds meet Mac, amazing things happen. And with Aperture, Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X, you and your students can produce incredible creative projects with the same tools the pros use. These apps (sold separately) let your classroom take full advantage of the power of the Mac to enhance photographs, make music and edit video. Just like the pros do in the real world.
The Mac App Store is packed with education apps to help your students learn and create. Whether they’re using flash cards to practice vocabulary or high-powered statistical tools for maths, you’ll be amazed at what Mac apps can add to your lessons.
The Mac becomes a more powerful learning tool every time you add a new app. Let your students explore a 3D model of the skeletal system with an anatomy app. Teach about politics with an app that turns data into visually stunning charts and graphs. Or find an art history app that gives your students an up-close look at museum masterpieces around the world. It’s easy to search the Mac App Store and find an app (or two or three) to enhance almost any lesson.
The Mac App Store is filled with education apps that students will love. But you’ll also find apps designed just for teachers. Organise your lessons for the day, homework for the week and meetings for the entire year with one of many great planning apps. Or use a popular mind-mapping app to improve brainstorming sessions with other teachers and administrators. There are even apps to help you mark essays more efficiently or create an interactive quiz in minutes.
iBooks is stacked with materials to help you teach practically any subject. These interactive books take full advantage of what Mac can do, so you’ll get the full effect of what your students can do.
iBooks has a massive selection of books for your class. Discover children’s books, classic novels, biographies, reference guides and textbooks from major education publishers. And many of them are free. You can find curriculum-based textbooks and even custom-made books created by other teachers. Students can use the iBooks app to download your selected books directly onto Mac or iPad, so they always have access to a bookshelf’s worth of textbooks — or even an entire library. And with iCloud, they can access their books wherever they go, on any device they use — Mac, iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
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Many textbooks from major education publishers are made specifically for iBooks, taking full advantage of the capabilities of Mac. Students can dive into a dynamic timeline about ancient Egypt, rotate a 3D red blood cell or take an interactive chapter review quiz. If they don’t know the definition of a word, one click pulls it up. They can highlight or underline text, make quick notes and create study cards to review later. Studying is an immersive, interactive experience that goes well beyond the words on the page.
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iBooks Author is a free app that helps you make Multi-Touch books for iPad and Mac. So you can teach your subject your way. Create materials tailored to your lesson and class level. Make books with different levels for different students. Teach a topic with your unique perspective. Or fill a gap in your existing course materials. You can even use iBooks Author to design an interactive report card. Or have your students use it to make portfolios, class newsletters or yearbooks.
iBooks Author makes it easy to create books that tell a story with video, audio, scrolling sidebars, even 3D objects — iPad or Mac bring them all to life. Get started with beautiful built-in templates, then customise content by dragging and dropping everything in. Include a video or an audio clip on your subject. And just like that, your custom-made book is ready for class.
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With the Volume Purchase Program, we’ve made it easy for educational institutions to purchase Mac apps and books in volume.
iTunes U is a destination within iTunes solely dedicated to great education content. It’s filled with countless learning resources like lectures, videos, books and more. And it’s all free.
iTunes U is an ever-growing collection of educational content from institutions around the world. Access over 750,000 resources on every topic, many of which can be used to teach the Australian Curriculum. It’s easy to use iTunes U materials to complement your lessons. You can bring in an MIT physicist as a guest lecturer. Let history speak for itself with archival films from the US Library of Congress. Or add to a maths lesson with an origami tutorial from the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Whatever you’re teaching, you can find resources to help your students gain a deeper understanding of the lesson at hand. Many Australian teachers have already created iTunes U courses mapped to the Australian Curriculum which you can also use in your class.
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With Apple TV, you can use AirPlay to wirelessly stream the content on a Mac to any HDTV. Use it to lead a class brainstorm or present a lesson. Or have students connect their Mac to share their work, give group feedback and collaborate on projects, all via the big screen.
The accessibility features in the Mac make it a powerful learning tool for students with special needs. It comes with a screen reader, closed-caption support, and other innovative accessibility features — straight out of the box. For students with cognitive, physical or other disabilities, Mac opens up incredible possibilities for learning.
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