PB Tech is part of the Apple Solution Expert Education programme which recognises our ability to work with educational institutions to get the most value out of deploying Apple solutions in their environment.
Apple creates amazing products that enrich people’s lives. From the beginning, Apple believed that some of the most powerful opportunities for technology in the hands of educators and students can help draw out the potential of every individual, no matter how they learn and what they love to do. When schools and teachers expect more of what’s possible with technology, they raise the bar for what their students’ learning should look like and how technology empowers them to help make that happen.
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Making Apple devices accessible to schools across New Zealand
Technology is a great leveller and PB Tech believes no matter where learners and educators are, they should be able to access Apple products.
With 12 stores nationwide, a massive range of stock and competitive prices, PB Tech is well-positioned to be a partner for education institutions to ensure they have equitable access to the best Apple products for their education needs and to help maximise the value they get from deploying Apple devices in their institution. We work with certified Apple Professional Learning Services providers to give educators access to ongoing professional development opportunities.
Our education specialists have their fingers on the pulse of technology trends in teaching and learning and are constantly brushing up on their extensive technical knowledge.
Here are a few starting points to give educators an idea of what it would mean to integrate Apple solutions and devices into your curriculum:
- Everyone Can Create gives students the tools to develop and communicate their ideas through drawing, music, video and photography with iPad.
- Everyone Can Code introduces students to coding through interactive puzzles, playful characters and activities for both in and out of the classroom.
- Apple Teacher Resources is a free professional learning program to help educators unlock the magic of iPad and Mac for teaching and learning.
- Using Technology Better Apple blog posts highlight the best tips and tricks to use Apple devices in the classroom, written by teacher trainers leveraging their experience as educators.
Apple services at PB Tech
PB Tech a variety of services to make Apple device deployments easier for education institutions.
Managing Apple devices in the classroom
Apple devices are as easy to deploy as they are to use. We want every aspect of your school’s experience with Apple products to be as simple and intuitive as the products themselves. That starts with support for IT at each step of your deployment.
PB Tech is an authorised reseller of Jamf, the leading Apple MDM within the education sector. We have capability in selling, installing and supporting this along with other MDMs.
Robust Wi-Fi for schools
PB Tech is a leading supplier of Wi-Fi solutions in the New Zealand market and represents a number of major networking brands in this area. We deal with the majority of schools in NZ at one level or another. Our dedicated education team is well-versed in catering to the unique needs of education institutions nationwide and committed to supporting the solutions we provide with our extensive technical expertise.
Flexible financing for Apple devices
When employees have access to the tools they love, they’re happier and more engaged. That’s why more schools are embracing Apple technology. With Apple Financial Services (AFS) it’s easier than ever for educators to bring Apple products into their schools in a way that is simple and cost-effective to procure, deploy, and support. PB Tech gives schools access to various financing options for Apple equipment for education.
TAKING SCHOOLS FURTHER
Apple Distinguished School programme
Apple Distinguished Schools are centres of leadership and educational excellence that demonstrate Apple’s vision for learning with technology — and we believe they are some of the most innovative schools in the world. Apple Distinguished School leaders, staff members and extended communities have a clear vision for how their technology-rich environments support learning goals. School leaders have established elements for continuous innovation that include culture, team, capacity, community, finance and measurement. Supporting their school’s vision is an ongoing process that requires thoughtful planning, practice and improvement along the way. They use iPad and Mac products to inspire student creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. And they cultivate environments in which students are excited and curious about learning. Apple Distinguished Schools readily share their achievements by collaborating with Apple teams to host on site educator visits. At these events, school leaders demonstrate their vision for learning with Apple technology, and educators showcase best practices for using iPad, Mac, apps, Multi-Touch books, and other digital materials to create powerful learning experiences.
APPLE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING SPECIALIST
Using Technology Better (UTB)
Integrating Apple into schools doesn’t end at a hardware purchase. PB Tech partners with Using Technology Better (UTB) to deliver training sessions and programmes educators can leverage to advance their technology skills and engage their students in deeper learning with Apple’s offerings.
UTB specialises in working with corporate, government and education clients. All their trainers have extensive facilitation experience and understand the process of best delivering content in a way that is enjoyed, not endured.Get in touch
You've got your devices. What's next?
Apple is constantly innovating and improving its products and platform, which changes the ways they can be used in the classroom. UTB can help teachers stay in the know with the latest education best practices with their range of programmes available to our partnered schools. If your school is interested in participating in these virtually or having a session hosted at your school, our education specialists can help - get in touch with us today. Some examples of the professional development courses available from UTB include:
Out of the Box Programme (Mac and iPad OS)
A quick primer on setting up your new Mac or iPad OS for success in a scalable, repeatable way to align with your school's BYOD philosophy, how to develop a school vision statement for technology, and suitable education apps to start with.
Format: Webinar (1 hour)
Getting Started with iPad
A quick module getting teachers familiar with using the iPad in an education context including cloud and network access, privacy and security controls, parental/device controls, multimedia capabilities and accessibility options.
Format: Online Course with 11 modules (1.5 hours in total)
A basic overview of three iWorks apps - Keynotes, Pages, and Numbers which are a word processor, slideshow creator, and spreadsheet tool respectively. The webinars will take teachers through how to tailor them to the school's own context and how Apple Pencil and external peripherals can extend the functionality of these apps.
Format: Two webinars (2 hours each)
Apple Teacher and resources
This webinar positions educators to help their school to become a school of excellence using resources provided by Apple. It will take schools through how to implement Apple's Everyone Can Create Guides and what it takes for a school to be recognised as an Apple Distinguished School.
Format: Two webinars (2 hours each)
Ready to deploy Apple in your school?
Get in touch with one of our education specialists today.