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Education IT Services

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Customising professional development is our specialty

MAC1 specialises in designing and facilitating customised Professional Development programs within schools and corporate environments. We are also an Apple Certified Professional Development provider.

When working with schools our focus is on education apps. We provide training options for Apple, Windows, Android and Google devices combined with a huge range of software options. This means your Professional Development Workshop might include:

  • Teacher and student tools
  • Cloud sharing apps like Google Drive
  • Learning management systems like iTunes U or Showbie
  • Media production
  • Coding for robotics
  • Game development coding
  • Presentation software
  • Plus much more – check out some options below.
MAC1 Professional Development Workshops for Teachers and Students

Set up your students and staff for success

The MAC1 Professional Development Team facilitate workshops for both students and teachers. Be inspired while planning your customised Professional Development program by browsing a selection of workshop options below (or download the PDF flyer here). Why not create a custom workshop that includes a mix of different apps best suited for your classroom environment?

If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for here contact our Education Services Team to discuss your requirements because creating custom workshops is one of our specialties.

Create a customised workshop with your own selection of Apps

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

iTunes U

Very popular in 1:1 iPad environments. Teachers learn how to create courses, and how to organise and push out content to student’s iPads.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Keynote (Mac & iPad)

Make animated presentation with absolute ease for both your Mac and iPad. On Macs, you can export into GarageBand to add sound effects or create green screen foreground animations to put into iMovie.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Pages (Mac & iPad)

A beautifully presented word processing application to create professional looking documents.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

iBooks

iBooks is the equivalent to iTunes but for eBooks. You can buy books, organise your PDFs into folders and import books from iBooks Author.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

iBooks Author

Allows teachers and students to create professionally presented eBooks with interactive images,video clips, and much more. This App makes eBooks on Mac to export to iPad.

Note: requires a Mac with min OSX 10.7.4.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Book Creator

Create fantastic eBooks on iPad. You can export your creations to cloud based Apps such as Evernote, Dropbox and Google Drive. You can open your projects in other Apps to continue editing.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Hopscotch (iPad)

Hopscotch is a ‘Block-Based’ programming language (free from the App Store) that allows students to create multi-player games by dragging commands onto their game characters. Enjoy coding without the hassles of typing code or syntax errors so they can learn concepts and have a lot of fun in the meantime!

Learn how to use HyperPad with MAC1 Workshop

HyperPad (iPad)

Incredible App for professional game design on the iPad for students who are looking for something more advanced than Hopscotch. Create your own sounds within the App, import your own graphics, import soundtracks from GarageBand and the list goes on.

Learn coding with MAC1 workshop using Scratch software

Scratch

Scratch is perfect for teaching stage 1 primary school students the basics of coding. This straight-forward software designed for 5-16 year olds requires no previous experience and allows students to make animations and simple games with coded building blocks. It’s creative and fun too.

Learn about Robotics with MAC1 Workshops

Robotics (Lego & Edison)

Lego Robotics is most popular with younger Primary students as it’s quite easy to build and program, but there are also more sophisticated robotics workshops that we can organise for your school. Robotics links well with STEM concepts (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

Learn how to program Sphero Robot with MAC1 Workshop

Robotics (Sphero)

Explore programming and robotics with this fun little robot ball known as Sphero. This is great fun for students in Primary School. Robotics links well with STEM concepts (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Robotics & Robo Cup Jnr

Build all sorts of different robots and learn to control and program them. We run both Lego robotics PLUS much more advanced robotics workshops with a focus on programming and entering School competitions like Robo Cup Jnr!

Robotics links well with STEM concepts (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

iMovie (Mac & iPad)

Create fantastic looking movies, presentations and podcasts on both your Mac and iPad!

Try the green screen effect on the Mac!

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

GarageBand (Mac & iPad)

Compose, notate and arrange amazing songs and soundtracks.

Advanced musicians and users may prefer the Logic Pro Workshop.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Logic & Audio Production

Advanced Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software for the creation and notation of music and audio. This is much more than GarageBand!

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Tellegami

Tellagami allows you to create animated narrations for your stories. Students can change the look of their character, their emotions and background. An incredibly effective free app.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

iMotion HD

Outstanding free app for making motion clips of inanimate objects. You can also add a Time Lapse function which is great for capturing the movement of clouds, the ocean, etc.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Strip Designer

Very user friendly app, that quickly allows students to create a professional looking comic book and then export to a number of other programs in a number of different formats such as PDF, jpg, and other formats.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Green Screen

The Green Screen app makes it easy to create incredible green screen videos and images on the iPad. Students can tell a story, explain an idea, and express themselves in truly creative and unique ways.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Puppet Pals 2

Create fantastic story based animations using a variety of characters and backgrounds. Students record their puppets and the audio, and then save their show as a movie.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Story Patch

Students can make their own stories from scratch, or from a template, including a choice of backgrounds, text, characters, etc. Students can then publish their Story Book as a PDF.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Procreate

Arguable the best studio-grade sketchbook app for the iPad. Many advanced design features.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Home Design 3D

Incredible home design App that allows you to easily create floor plans, add furniture, floor coverings, paint, etc and then view in 3D.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Popplet

A free mind-mapping App. Very easy to use, and very effective for plotting ideas.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Prezi

Free app for creating animated online cloud-based presentations. Prezi will work on most platforms, looks great, easy to learn and typically makes presentations look more interactive and fantastic!

Note: Prezi requires an internet connection

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Explain Everything

Similar to ‘ShowMe’, this is a presentation based program with more functionality, including the ability to create slides, record as video & export to the camera roll.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

nearpod

Nearpod can run slide-based presentations that are shared through Wi-Fi. The teacher controls the session from their iPad whilst the students follow along on their own iPad. Free App.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Word Wizard

Phonetics based App that allows the user to create words whilst playing the audio of each letter/number and then playing the finished word/number total.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Letter School

This app is designed for young students who are learning how to do handwriting. Lots of fun, with entertaining animations and sound effects.

Red Writing

Helps with handwriting, tracing letters and general motor skills. This App is Australian-made, and specific to the Australian Education system for fonts and writing.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Mathboard

Math based App that will help guide students through solving equations and then them to show their progress and improvement.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Word Lens

Word Lens allows you to download languages such as Italian, French and Spanish. When you point your iPad/iPhone’s camera at text, Word Lens changes the words into English.

Star Walk

This astronomy and science app that not only teaches about the stars, moons, planets and solar systems, but can also be used to map out the stars when held up the the sky at night. An incredible app – highly recommended.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

March of the Dinosaurs

Made in collaboration with National Geographic and the BBC, this storybook is as educational as it is entertaining.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Roma

History App on Rome, an interactive non-fictional story book that not only guides you through the history of the Roman Empire but also allows you to view certain scenes in 3D and 360°.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Cosmic Eye

Amazing app that shows the universe from billions of light years away, right through to the smallest elementary particles.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Autism Apps

The App recommends specific Apps to help with specific autistic needs, it also categorises them into various areas to make it nice and easy to search for the appropriate App.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Dexteria

Dexteria is an outstanding app to help the user with their motor skills. There are exercises to help students work on different areas. This app has a great user interface, and is easy to use and understand.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Letter Reflex

Excellent App for helping students who often get their letters mixed up. This App is very easy to use, and the students results can be recorded and emailed to keep track of progress.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Dragon Dictation

Very helpful for students who may have difficulties typing on an iPad. Simply speak into the microphone and it will convert the audio into text.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Evernote

Evernote is free app to help both students and teachers organise pictures, notes, voice recordings, etc, all into one document that can be synced to many different devices.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

edmodo

Similar to the function and look of Facebook, this App is strictly for teacher and students to create blogs, forums, chats, etc, relating to classroom activities.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Showbie

Go paperless in your classroom! Quickly and easily assign, collect and review student work on your iPad. Provide feedback to your students by adding annotations, text notes and voice notes directly onto their documents. Students can submit work from thousands of compatible iPad apps, or by completing assignments with Showbie’s built in tools. Showbie keeps everyone organised.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Flick

Flick allows you to send many different file types from your Mac or iPad to almost any other device through the use of Wi-Fi without having to upload to a server!

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Notability

Notability allows you to sketch notes or mark PDFs. This saves you having to print a document and mark it with pen. You can then send your document (with your changes) via email.

iTunes

Learn how to organise data and sync iOS devices.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Safari

Apple’s web browser that does a lot more than just browsing the web. Safari includes functions that are fantastic for doing education projects.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Google Drive

Free online cloud-based storage and editing software. Extremely popular, Google Drive can be used with Macs, PCs and iPads.

Note: requires free Gmail account.

MAC1 Custom Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Game Salad (Mac)

Learn to create a game from scratch using this free program on the Mac. Game Salad allows you to learn the fundamental principles of programming without having to know Objective C or other programming languages.

Note: Due to the significant increased pricing of Game Salad, we no longer offer this as a recommended workshop.