A NEW digital training centre has seen a quick uptake in courses in the few weeks since it opened.
The Apple regional training centre at de Ferrers Academy in Burton offers a range of courses and workshops for teachers and education staff.
The focus is on enhancing and transforming teaching and learning with Apple technology, including iPads, iPods and iMacs.
The academy is one of around 100 UK educational institutions which now boasts a high level of skill in planning and delivering training on Apple products through its links with organisation Academia.
Mark McCormack, Academia’s Apple director, said: “We’ve been delighted with the progress de Ferrers has made in implementing Apple technology over the last 18 months.
“This has been recognised by Apple, who have made the academy a regional training centre. “
An upcoming course called ‘exploring and understanding science with iPads’ has just six places remaining of 30. Other courses include ‘transforming maths teaching and learning with technology’, and ‘getting started with iPads in primary schools’, which has just half of the slots remaining for the December course.
Mr McCormack added: “The aim of an regional centre is to provide teachers with training, expertise and access to best practice to support their use of Apple technology in the classroom.
“De Ferrers also has two staff members who have recently been awarded Apple distinguished educator status. This again supports why the local education community should attend the free courses that de Ferrers runs.”
Greg Hughes, assistant principal at the academy, said: “We had more than 100 delegates who attended our opening in October. It was a very positive start to the Apple training events.”