Apple’s on-staff educators will guide teachers through challenges of online learning

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Apple is making its learning specialists available to educators for free one-on-one virtual coaching sessions.
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To support teachers as they embrace online e-learning during the current school closures, Apple is making its learning specialists available to educators for free one-on-one virtual coaching sessions.

Apple has made its 100+ educators on staff available to help teachers — from K-12 through higher education — manage workflows and online student learning.

Teachers can schedule appointments by emailing Apple Professional Learning. This allows them to request a virtual coaching session. They can also phone an Apple support number and ask to be routed to the correct department.

According to a Wednesday report by USA Today, Apple’s specialists take into account that students may not all have access to the same tech platforms and strive to come up with workarounds.

COVID-19 has been a major challenge for educators (and the rest of us)

COVID-19’s spread has forced schools in every single state of the U.S. to shut down for as long as a month. This has necessitated a change in the way that teachers communicate with students for teaching.

On Tuesday, Apple launched a new Apple Education Learning Series website. This site features a collection of videos aimed at students and educators of all ages. The videos available so far show off features of Apple devices that can be useful for e-learning.

It’s great to see Apple play a leading role in this area. Students and educators have always been a big part of the Apple demographic. Back in the 1980s, the education sector was one of the first to adopt Apple computers. Under Tim Cook, Apple has renewed its focus on education — as evidenced by the “Everyone Can Code” curriculum. Now it’s doing its best to support at a time of need.