With the support of Jamf School Certified Reseller C&C, the trade school network is using Apple technology to power positive learning outcomes across a wide range of professional tracks. Apple technology is working to transform K-12 and higher education worldwide, as more and more educational institutions put iPad devices into the hands of students and faculty to enhance the classroom experience. One notable pioneer in these efforts is Euroform, a professional school network with over 30 campuses located throughout the island of Sicily. Supported by C&C, an Apple Authorised Education Specialist and Jamf School Certified Reseller with 53 offices in Italy and France, Euroform uses Jamf School to manage more than 5,000 iPad devices in a diverse array of educational environments. Euroform offers a number of specialized vocational tracks, ranging from computer science and engineering to fashion design, cosmetology and culinary studies. While teaching methods for these disciplines vary widely, faculty members agree that bringing iPad devices into the classroom has allowed them to take advantage of new pedagogical methods and offer students hands-on experience that translates well into actual job skills. Computer science professor Domenico Ruvituso explains that Apple technology enables a curriculum designed to “merge traditional methods with innovative ones,” offering students the kinds of challenges that they will face in the real working world. According to professor of equal opportunities and education Martina Faldetta, using the iPad during lessons engages students and motivates them to take notes: “The lessons become more dynamic and formative.” How the iPad devices actually function in the classroom varies considerably from one discipline to another. The engineering curriculum leverages the visualization capabilities of the technology. During the course of learning how to repair or install a car engine, the students might use an app that displays an augmented reality 3D model of the mechanism, allowing them to rotate and magnify it to add to their comprehension of the design. Fashion students sketch designs on their devices, experimenting with placing layers on top of each other and examining different material types and textures; they also use the screens as references when sewing their own work. Culinary students use their iPad devices to create and update recipes on the fly, share them with peers and faculty and research combinations of locally sourced ingredients in real time.
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