IDEAS AND INSPIRATION FOR 21st CENTURY TEACHERS
Well, now is the time to get started thinking about your application for #ADE2017. This coming year is a brand new intake year, which only occurs every other year. Last intake was in 2015, which I was lucky enough to be involved in among 600 other educators from across the globe. Applications are normally submitted late January to February, check here to find more info. To get you started I have compiled some of my ‘Top Tips’ for your #ADE2017 application.
1 - Tell a story
If there is anything that Apple love the most, other than its products, it is a great ‘story’. The art form of storytelling does come naturally to many people, but for others it is somewhat difficult. As a part of your application you will need to create a short video of you telling your story. Here are some things to keep in mind when telling your story;
2 - Focus on the learning
Yes, the #ADE2017 is all about Apple products , however, one of the first things you need to understand that it is not all about the technology. The focus of your application, yes, will have how you are using Apple products, but should be most importantly focused on the impact on student, teacher and even extended community learning. Both Institutes I have attended have been an incredible experience based on the amazing work educators are doing to transform learning at their respective learning environments.
3 - Share your passion
A common trait amongst ADE’s is their passion. Passion for learning and passion for sharing. You need to share that passion in your video application and in the written component. If you are already thinking about applying, you are probably already passionate enough about your teaching and learning of students. Between now and the application date, begin sourcing examples of your own passion and creativity with making student learning more engaging and authentic.
4 - Reach out
You can’t always do everything by yourself, so seek some help. Make sure you reach out to your local Apple Education team a). so they know you and, b). So they can offer any advice for applying in your specific area.
There are also a bunch of ADE’s who regularly use Twitter, begin to connect and see their ideas. There are weekly #twitterchats hosted by a bunch of ADE’s, most notably #adechat, which is hosted on a regular basis on different topics for different timezones.
All the best with the application, remember to reach out if you need - @coby_mr