Apple Teacher Institute is class event

Apple UK’s Teacher Institute event attracted 60 participants from the U.K. and Germany. The event ran from March 25-28 at Cheltenham College. The college is a Mac-using school running an AirPort network.

Day-one participants received basic movie-making training, and then created their own iMovies. Film media expert and Apple Distinguished Educator Tom Barrance guided teachers through the exercise.

Day-two participants explored QuickTime Pro, using images in enhancing learning, and the motivating effect of multimedia on children. The day made use of iMovie, iDVD and QuickTime, as well as third-party applications, such as PowerPoint, SnapzPro and Photoshop.

Attendees worked in small groups on the third day, developing and completing projects for a special showcase that evening. The projects included an streamed live QuickTime broadcast, a QuickTime VR tour of the college, a movie about movie-making, and a Windows-users view of Macs.

The final day centred around a debate looking at the future of a rich media curriculum. Prizes were awarded for categories including “perseverance in adversity,” and “a journey into the unknown.” Winners were awarded a certificate signed by Professor Stephen Heppell, of UltraLab.

In related news, Apple recently opened the doors for more dealers to enter the education market using its products. The company ended its existing arrangement, in which just 16 dealers tried to hold the company’s UK operations together, in favour of a more liberal approach involving far more dealerships.

“Ultimately, this means the company can deliver better after-sales support through its existing dealer channel than before,” Apple UK’s managing director Mark Rogers told Macworld.

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