This is an exciting post for me to write as it marks the end of a long road of planning and preparations to bring a new Apple Regional Training Centre to Nottingham, but also the start of a new opportunity to further support schools and teachers in Nottingham through this free service.
The Regional Training Centre programme was born in the UK in 2005 to provide teachers with training, expertise and access to best practice to support their use of Apple technology in the classroom. The programme brings together a wide community of experienced educators and experts who provide free and easy access to Apple’s creative learning technologies through local learning-hubs.
Every RTC has unique skills, a different curriculum or subject focus but all share the same objectives:
To provide a focus on pedagogy, for sharing best practice and gaining skills
To introduce planned, effective, digital solutions to schools using Mac and iPad
To train teachers to use Apple’s tools and help enable active and transformative teaching within the classroom.
To support, enhance and transform teaching and learning outcomes
The RTC Programme is a community programme and as such the ethos is about sharing each others’ learning experiences and knowledge between peers. The RTCs in the UK are learning-hubs within local regions, promoting collaboration and the sharing of resources and practices.
Regional Training Centre Nottingham
The Apple Regional Training Centre for Nottingham has opened at Burton Joyce Primary School and launch week has been fantastic. Thank you to everyone who has helped promote our Autumn course agendas, which are filling up fast!
Meet iPad: Monday 12th October 2015 £FREE
4.00pm – 5.00pm at Burton Joyce Primary School
Come to this free workshop at the Apple Regional Training Centre in Nottingham to learn how to use some simple apps in the classroom. This course is suitable for teaching assistants, classroom teachers and ICT Leaders who are new to using iPads in lessons.
Hear from a range of teachers at the school who have used simple apps to enhance learning in their classrooms. This workshop will cover EYFS, KS1 and KS2.
The iPad Classroom. Working Group: Wednesday 25th November 2015 £FREE
1.30pm – 3.30pm
This working group aims to meet each term to share best practises and solve problems for ICT Leaders embedding iPads in their curriculums. This free workshop is supported by Marc Faulder, Apple Distinguished Educator and EYFS teacher. Over the year the group will evaluate the effectiveness of apps, discuss leadership and learn from one another.
Coding Playground: Monday 11th January 2016 £FREE
4.00pm – 5.00pm
This free event will showcase the latest and greatest iPad coding apps and iPad programmable toys. Gets hands on at this practical event and learn how to use each app and device. This course is suitable for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 teachers, teaching assistants and ICT Leaders.
Finding Your Local Apple RTC
For other Regional Training Centres, visit the Apple RTC website to search for your local centre.