Apple Inc perturbed many UK educationists with the insight into the corporate Cupertino mentality afforded by its decision to pull out of the BETT educational technology show in London and undermine the hard work of its UK education staff. There may be better ways to communicate with teachers and the education 'market' but, for now, all the key people are at BETT.
However, Apple distinguished educators like Joe Moretti (pictured, and video below), David Baugh and Oscar Stringer, put on bravura performances at BETT 2009 to keep the Apple logo fluttering. And they are already preparing for the company's key education event for creative learning in the UK, the Apple Teacher Institute.
ATI 2009 is a four-day event led by some of the most talented and experienced users of ICT for learning in the UK. It will be held at Cheltenham College, Cheltenham, April 6-9.
Although attendees will get to know how to use Apple hardware and software, the focus is on learning. Featured activities this year will include: digital storytelling; podcasting; creating materials with digital video cameras and editing software; exploring still images, music and animation for multimedia projects; methods for sharing digital projects on iPods, portable devices, DVD and the internet; sharing experiences, action planning and portfolio development; ebuilding skills for projects for subjects and age groups.