My Apple Teacher Portfolio Journey

I’m now an Apple Teacher with Portfolio Recognition!

Apple Teacher Portfolio Cover

Over the past year, this has been a fantastic professional learning experience, as I reflected on & developed how I integrate iPad in my classroom.

I am so glad that I took my time with this and very deliberately reflected on my teaching and what learning looked like in my classroom with students.

 

Congratulations! You've earned your Apple Teacher Portfolio recognition.

Here is my journey…

With Apple Teacher Portfolio, a teacher creates a digital portfolio of 9 different lessons at three levels: Activate, Explore & Apply.

Teachers include aspirational examples, resources and — most importantly — reflections on each lesson. 

 

Apple Teacher Portfolio Activate, Explore, Apply graphics and short descriptions.

Here is a brief summary of all of the lessons in my portfolio:


Activate Lessons

Activate Lesson 1: Where do the animals live? Introduction to Global Climates

Students created a simple map showing the native habitat of animals using Keynote on iPad.  

 

Apple Teacher Portfolio Activate lesson 1 screenshot. Includes the lesson name, learning objectives & lesson example images.
 
Apple Teacher Portfolio Activate lesson 1 screenshot. Includes reflections on skills, and how it promoted student creativity.



Activate Lesson 2: Climate Change Chants

Students created chants including beats, voiceover and loops using GarageBand for iPad.  



Activate Lesson 3: Globalisation Word Art

Students created Word Art using Keynote based on the word ‘globalisation’ as they reflected on the pros and cons of our globalised world.

 

Apple Teacher Portfolio Activate lesson 3 screenshot. Includes the lesson name, learning objectives & lesson example images.
 
Apple Teacher Portfolio Activate lesson 3 screenshot. Includes reflections on skills, and how it promoted student creativity.



Explore Lessons

Explore Lesson 1: Backbeat

Students created a backbeat drum pattern using GarageBand to learn more about rhythm and rhythmic notation.

And, you can download the journal to use with your students.  




Explore Lesson 2: Volcanoes: Good Grief!

This was based on the awesome ‘Today at Apple, At Home” video:

Students created Peanuts-style cartoon drawings of the 3 stages of a volcano’s life cycle.

 

Apple Teacher Portfolio Explore lesson 2 screenshot. Includes the lesson name, learning objectives & lesson example images.
 
Apple Teacher Portfolio Explore lesson 2 screenshot. Includes reflections on skills, and how it promoted student creativity.


Explore Lesson 3: Effects

Students created an audio recording project using GarageBand on iPad to learn more about different audio effects.

And, you can download the journal to use with your students.


 

Apply Lessons

Apply Lesson 1: Memoji Coding

Students created Animated Memoji GIFs using Keynote on iPad in a Coding class to demonstrate understanding of coding concepts such as commands, functions, and loops.

You can download Memoji Coding 1 and Memoji Coding 2.



Apply Lesson 2: Blackout Recording

Students created an original poetry recording through ‘creative editing’ using GargeBand on iPad.

And, you can download the journal to use with your students.  

 



Apply Lesson 3: Animated Earth

Students demonstrated an understanding of continental drift in Geography class by creating an animated video using Keynote on iPad.

 



Some additional thoughts… 

  • Apple Teacher Portfolio isn’t just the 9 lessons that make the ‘final cut’.
  • Many other lessons & ideas are a critical part of this process too, with constant iteration, design & reflection. Your Portfolio should be your BEST work at the various levels, but not your ONLY work.
  • The 3 levels of lesson design are flexible. This will vary depending on your teaching experience, context, confidence with integrating tech in the classroom, age of students, and/or student skills. An Activate lesson for one Teacher could be an Explore lessons for another…


Here is my final reflection video for my Apple Teacher Portfolio:


You can download a copy of my final Apple Teacher Portfolio as either a Pages document or a PDF.

Feel free to use any lessons ideas or download the resources within it. I hope it’s helpful in some way to others!

👉🏻 Learn more about Apple Teacher Portfolio and get started in the Learning Center. 

 

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All Comments

Posted on August 27, 2022

This will be perfect to share with a new teacher in my building. She is just beginning her journey with Apple, and you have provided an excellent map for high level engagement. Thank you for sharing!

Posted on August 28, 2022

Thanks so much, Leah! 😊

Yes! It’s my hope that by sharing my journey that it helps others along theirs!

Posted on August 31, 2022

Great work Eoin!

Thanks for sharing the portfolio. You have got some fantastic examples to share with teachers on the same journey.

Posted on August 31, 2022

Eoin, This is a stellar storytelling experience of your personal journey in the Apple Teacher Portfolio program! Kudos to you for designing such creative activities for your elementary learners and sharing those resources with the global community. Excellent work!

Posted on August 31, 2022

Thank you so much for sharing this, Eoin. I'm just starting this process, and to be able to see what you've done is such a great help. Your Peanuts drawing also inspired me to have a go at that session myself, and then use the images to create this, which I'll be doing with my Media class later in the year.

 

Thanks again.

Posted on August 31, 2022

Such a detailed thoughtful post Eoin, thanks for sharing.

Posted on September 02, 2022

Thank you, Anjali!

Yes! That’s exactly my hope: that it will help others as they complete their portfolio!

Posted on September 02, 2022

Thank you so much for the kind words, Matt! I really hope that others find it helpful!

Posted on September 02, 2022

Thanks a lot! 😊

That was exactly my hope for sharing it!

And, I love your Peanuts character! What a great, fun session!

Posted on September 02, 2022

Thanks so much, Jeff! 😊

Appreciate the kind words!

Posted on September 08, 2022

Thank you for sharing Eoin. A great example for me to follow when creating my own Apple Teacher Portfolio. What a fantastic resource.

Posted on September 09, 2022

Thanks a lot, Damian. That’s great to hear that it’s helpful! Best of luck on your Apple Teacher Portfolio journey!

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