Teaching with Mac Series - Part 1 Getting Started with the Basics

Welcome to the first post in this series supporting educators in using Mac for teaching. In this video, I’ll step through ways teachers can get started and build confidence with using Mac in the classroom.

When I first switched to using a Mac more than ten years ago, the learning curve seemed daunting. By participating in a series of Apple Professional Learning sessions, I slowly built up my skills and unlocked the ways Mac can support teacher productivity and creativity. At first, I focused on a few key applications like Keynote, GarageBand, and Photo Booth and then developed my skills in iMovie, Pages, and Numbers.

Now, as an Apple Professional Learning Specialist, I support educators to build their skills and confidence with Apple technology. This tutorial video aims to help teachers new to using Mac become familiar with key features for organising their work, sharing resources, and increasing their productivity.

At the end, I’ve also added a Challenge activity where you can practice integrating a range of skills you’ve learned. For those ready for even more, keep watching until the end for a ‘Pro Tip’.


The video is a full-length, professional learning resource designed to be paused, rewound, and re-watched. To help you navigate the resource, here’s a guide with timestamps and key topics covered.


Comments and Discussion:

If you are new to using Mac, what ‘aha’ feature have you discovered?

If you are an experienced Mac user, how do you use your Mac to increase your productivity and deliver powerful teaching resources to students?

Leave a comment below!


Complete your Apple Teacher Mac Foundation Badges here.

Find 30 Activities for Kids here.

Find Coding for Early Learners here.

Download the Keynote Template here. Please download and duplicate the Keynote file to use. 

(Please note that some sections have been paused or made quicker for training purposes. National Geographic Kids used with permission, photographs courtesy of Stephen Corcoran, Music from Clips)

All Comments

Posted on August 03, 2023

This is AMAZING Michelle! What an incredible tutorial! Can't wait for the rest 🫶🏻

Posted on August 11, 2023

Thanks Rachel 😆

Posted on August 03, 2023

Exceptional video Michelle. So many awesome tips and tricks that are ideal for the classroom. Thanks for sharing 🙏😊

Posted on August 11, 2023

Thanks, Stephen! And thanks for the Bird Photos too 🫶🏻👍🏻

Posted on August 07, 2023

As always...you outshine yourself Michelle!!! 🌞...not only as your younger self (lol), but even today and every day... you just keep generously sharing your exceptional knowledge and experience around learning and teaching with Apple technologies...

Thank you for everything you do for our education community...it's so very much appreciated. 🙏😊💜

Posted on August 13, 2023

Phenomenal resource Michelle!! 👏 Always raising the bar, and love you checking in with your younger self 😆

Posted on August 17, 2023

Thanks Bev! and also terrifying!!! hahaha thinking about talking to yourself back in your 20's....!

Posted on August 22, 2023

These videos are FANTASTIC!! Thank you for sharing!!

Posted on August 27, 2023

Super engaging Michelle - thanks for an awesome resource!

Posted on May 06, 2024

This is a very well easy to follow video. I would like to use this for new Apple users and students transitioning from iPad to MacBooks.

Thanks for creating

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