Newsletter

Northeast Education News
June 2012
 

In an effort to keep you up-to-date on our latest product announcements, offerings, seminars, workshops and conferences, we have created the Northeast Education Newsletter that will be delivered to your email address once a month. Watch for this in the subject line –– Northeast Education News each month for a host of educational technology resources, we hope you will find this to be a valuable tool.

Please let us know if you would like to see any other topics included in future newsletters.

Topics: Product Announcements
Webinars, Seminars, Workshops and Conferences
Online Tutorials
APPS for Education
Apple Education in the News
Popular Apple URLs and Resources

 

PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Miss the WWDC Keynote? 

Miss the WWDC keynote? You can still watch the video-on-demand replay.

Click here to view the keynote…

Apple Introduces All New MacBook Pro with Retina Display

SAN FRANCISCO—June 11, 2012—Apple® today unveiled an all new 15-inch MacBook® Pro featuring a stunning Retina™ display, all flash storage and quad-core processors in a radically thin and light design. Measuring a mere 0.71 inches and weighing only 4.46 pounds, the completely redesigned MacBook Pro sets a new standard in performance and portability for pro users.

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Apple Updates MacBook Air and Current Generation MacBook Pro with Latest Processors and New Graphics

SAN FRANCISCO—June 11, 2012—Apple® today updated MacBook Air® with the latest Intel Core processors, faster graphics and flash storage that is up to twice as fast as the previous generation.* MacBook Air is the ultimate everyday notebook, and with new lower prices it is more affordable than ever. The current generation 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook® Pro have also been updated with the latest Intel Core processors and powerful discrete graphics from NVIDIA. Apple’s popular AirPort Express® has been redesigned to include features previously available only in AirPort Extreme®.

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Mountain Lion Available in July From Mac App Store

SAN FRANCISCO—June 11, 2012— Apple® today announced that OS X® Mountain Lion, the ninth major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, will be available in July as a download from the Mac® App Store™. Mountain Lion introduces more than 200 innovative features including the all new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, Facebook integration*, Dictation, Power Nap, AirPlay® Mirroring, Game Center and the enhanced security of Gatekeeper. With iCloud® built into the foundation of OS X, Mountain Lion makes it easier than ever to keep your content up to date across all your devices.

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Apple Previews iOS 6 With All New Maps, Siri Features, Facebook Integration, Shared Photo Streams & New Passbook App

Available to iPhone, iPad & iPod touch Users This Fall

SAN FRANCISCO―June 11, 2012―Apple® today previewed iOS 6, introducing over 200 new features to the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, and released a beta version to iOS Developer Program members. iOS 6 will be available to iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® users this fall as a free software update. New iOS 6 features include: an all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography, turn-by-turn navigation and an amazing new Flyover view; new Siri® features, including support for more languages, easy access to sports scores, restaurant recommendations and movie listings; Facebook integration for Contacts and Calendar, with the ability to post directly from Notification Center, Siri and Facebook-enabled apps like Photos, Safari® and Maps; Shared Photo Streams via iCloud®; and Passbook, the simplest way to get all your passes in one place.

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WEBINARS, SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS, AND CONFERENCES – NORTHEAST:

WEBINARS

Standout Schools – Live 

Learn how Apple education solutions are enhancing teaching and learning and increasing student achievement.

Learn as educators share how Apple one to one implementations help them achieve amazing results.

Educators are using technology to engage students in exciting new ways, connecting them with curriculum like never before. To help highlight these successes, we’re bringing together education professionals from across the country to share their inspiring stories through a series of special webcasts.

This is your opportunity to learn from and speak with your peers as they describe best practices in their implementations from a leadership, IT, and curriculum perspective. Registration is now open, so make plans to join us for these insightful webcasts.

•Innovating curriculum with Apple technology.

June 19, 2012 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. PDT

French American Int’l School, San Francisco, CA Greater Atlanta Christian School, Norcross, GA

•Bringing iPad into every aspect of college life.

June 26, 2012 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. PDT

Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA

•Engaging and empowering students with iPad and Mac.

July 10, 2012 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. PDT

Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL Wyandotte High School, Kansas City, KS

•Increasing student achievement with Apple technology.

July 24, 2012 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. PDT

Avoca School District 37, Wilmette, IL Valencia Park Elem. School, Fullerton, CA

•Advancing professional education with iPad.

July 31, 2012 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. PDT

Hult Int’l Business School, San Francisco, CA Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Learn more and register at: edseminars.apple.com/standout-schools


Apple Education Tune-in Series and On-Demand Events
Learn how Apple education solutions are enhancing teaching and learning and increasing student achievement.


Tune-in Series
The Apple Education Tune-in Series is a collection of webcasts focused on introducing educators and IT leaders to the capabilities of Mac OS X and iOS platforms.

Tune-in Series: iPad in Education
Every Monday from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (Pacific) – Ends August 31, 2012
In this session, learn about how the new iPad and iOS 5 can transform your classroom. In addition, learn about all of the content available for iPad and how your institution can purchase it.

Tune-in Series: Content Creation
Every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (Pacific) – Ends August 31, 2012
In this session, explore the powerful content creation apps in the iWork and iLife suites that engage students on both Mac and iPad. Also, learn about the new iBooks textbooks, and how easy it is to create your own interactive Multi-Touch books with iBooks Author

Education Volume Purchase Program
Every Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  (Pacific) – Ends August 31, 2012
This is an online webcast discussing the details of the Education Volume Purchase Program. Come and see how iOS applications can be purchased by your institution in volume. Safari on either Mac OS X or an iOS device–iPhone, iPod touch or iPad–is required to view this webcast.

Tune-in Series: Using and Creating Courses in iTunes U
Every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (Pacific) – Ends August 31, 2012
In this session, explore the new iTunes U app, and learn how to create and distribute courses on iTunes U.

Tune-in Series: Licensing and Deployment
Every Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (Pacific) – Ends August 31, 2012
In this session, learn about licensing, deployment, and how education institutions can use the Volume Purchase Program to purchase apps and books in volume and distribute them to their end users. This webcast also illustrates the important aspects of a successful iOS deployment —configuration, management, and deployment models.

Tune-in Series: Deploying with Apple Configurator
Every Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (Pacific) – Ends August 31, 2012
End your week by exploring the new Apple Configurator. Learn how it can be used to quickly configure large numbers of iOS devices and make deployments easy and efficient.

In addition to the Tune-in Series, we have a host of On-Demand Webcasts on topics such as:

•Apple Volume Purchase Program

•The Mobility Revolution – How the iPad is Changing Education

•Apple Made for Learning:  Community Colleges

•Made for Learning On-Demand Webcast

•iPad 1:1 in Action

•Mobile Solutions for Health Sciences

•Education Content for iOS Devices

•Creating Your Own Content

•Introduction to iOS Products

•iOS Content and Device Management

•Planning iOS Device Deployments

For additional information and to register for the Tune-in Series or any of our On-Demand Webcasts, click on:

https://edseminars.apple.com/seminars/

 

CONFERENCES

June 24-27, 2012 iste 2012, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA 

Now in its 33rd year, ISTE’s annual conference and exposition features an amazing array of professional learning and collaborative networking opportunities. As part of your conference registration, you can choose from three inspirational keynotes and more than 700 concurrent sessions.

Birds-of-a-Feather discussions, and themed lounges and playgrounds. And three inspirational keynotes!   Apple Distinguished Educators will be presenting at many sessions – we will include these sessions, dates and times in our next newsletter.

For additional information visit,  http://www.isteconference.org/2012/

 

ONLINE TUTORIALS:

Learn all you need to know about VoiceOver on Snow Leopard. We’ve created seven new Find Out How videos about VoiceOver on the Mac. Learn the basics of VoiceOver and then find out more about Gestures, the Rotor, Quick Nav, Braille Displays, Portable Preferences, and how sighted and nonsighted users can collaborate.

To learn more…

New IT Videos now available to everyone on the Apple Education website. Topics include; Managing iOS Devices with Lion Server, Intro to iOS Deployment and iTunes Accounts, Introduction to Profile Manager, Managing Macs with OS X Lion Server, Deploying and managing Wiki Server 2, Deploying and Managing iCal Server 2, Managing Podcast Producer, Podcast Composer workflows, Snow Leopard client update, Basic Snow Leopard imaging and more!

To learn more…

Apple Help Library

Apple Help Library provides comprehensive, searchable documentation for iTunes; Apple’s consumer and productivity applications for Mac and iOS, including iPhoto, iMovie, Pages, and Keynote; and Apple’s professional applications.

To learn more…

APPS FOR EDUCATION:

To explore the thousands of education apps available, visit the Education section in the Apps Store.   Each month we will highlight a few.

DragonBox

Become an Algebra star in no time.  It doesn’t matter if you hate math or love it.  You’ll enjoy this game.

DIY Nano

The DIY Nano app allows families to experience and learn about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology at home or on the go! The app provides free, easy to use, hands-on activities at your fingertips.  Each activity includes material lists, step-by-step instructions, and detailed explanations.  The activity materials are widely available and inexpensive, and you probably have many of them in your own home!

The Singing Alphabet 

Over 1 MILLION downloads! This app is most downloaded Sign Language app in the world now UPDATED with more FREE features on how to fingerspell words, numbers, express basic sentences, idioms and learn about Deaf Culture – all for FREE!

SparkNotes

Get today’s most popular study guides for literature, Shakespeare, poetry, philosophy, drama and short stories.  Access online or download to your device for use offline.  Check in to easily share your location and start a study group right from your mobile.

APPLE EDUCATION IN THE NEWS:

Unconventional Learning with iPad, Mac, and iPod touch – (May 30, 2012)

An unconventional approach to learning with iPad, Mac, and iPod touch.  Students at the UK public school Flitch Green Academy use iPad, Mac, and iPod touch to create unique learning experiences.

Apple products have become an essential part of how students learn at Flitch Green Academy, a public elementary/middle school located just outside of London. Flitch Green’s unique approach is taught through open-ended “experiences” where students use iPad, Mac, and iPod touch, alongside more traditional media, to work on cross-curricular learning projects. “This allows children to use all the resources they have available to them to represent what we’ve asked them to do,” says principal Helen Johnson. “And normally they come back with things that we won’t have even dreamt of.”

Read more…

POPULAR APPLE URLS AND RESOURCES:

Accessibiliy in Education

The arrival of Mac OS X Snow Leopard ushers in a new era of accessibility for students of all abilities. Every Mac comes equipped with dozens of assistive technologies — many of which you won’t find in other operating systems at any price. And with the development of universal access features for iPod and iPhone, Apple is taking these technologies to a new levels.

Apple Store for Education

Apple education pricing is a great way for K-12 schools or faculty and staff of K-12 schools to purchase Mac computers and Apple software at discount prices. Shop the Apple Online Store for Education.

Challenge Based Learning (CBL) 

Engaging Students.  One challenge at a time.  See how students are using Apple products in a Challenge Based Leaning environment.  Apple has everything students need to tackle any challenge. From generating ideas through presenting solutions, Apple technology allows students to connect deeply with content. And in Challenge Based Learning environments, Apple products are helping them become even more involved in an engaging and collaborative process.

iLife ’11

Get more out of iLife with video tutorials, group workshops in our retail stores, or one to one personal training.

Learning with iPod touch and iPhone

iPod touch and iPhone are perfect for on-the-go learning. But don’t let their small size fool you. These devices put thousands of apps and countless possibilities in your pocket.

Classroom iPod touch and iPad:  Dos and Don’ts 

Outlining best practices, tips and tricks for managing the iPod touch in a classroom learning environment.

The author, Tony Vincent, is a former classroom technology teacher and district technology specialist.  He is currently an education consultant and frequent conference presenter, well-known for specializing in mobile learning.

iWork for School

iWork for School is a resource for iWork users who are in and around schools.  You will find loads of templates to fit your needs and they are 100% free.  Whether you’re a colege student, teacher, or parent you’ll be able to find the iWork templates you need right here on iwork4school.com!

iTunes U

The all-new iTunes U.  Everything you need to create and share complete courses – all in one place.

If you’re an educator at a university, college, or K-12 school, now you have an easy way to design and distribute complete courses featuring audio, video, books, and other content. And students and lifelong learners can experience your courses for free through a powerful new app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

*Find Support for any Apple Product

This link will provide support for any Apple product; Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes and others.  You’ll find video tutorials, manuals, tech specs, downloads and more.