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Apple’s VP of education writes on the future of teaching


There’s a pressing need to improve the traditional education system, bringing transformative technologies and teaching practices into play to boost active learning and create a framework that supports life-long education, argues Apple’s vice president of education, John Couch, in his latest book.

Rewiring Education

Couch’s Rewiring Education is a passionate criticism of many of the less-efficient aspects of current U.S. education policy. It looks at why the status quo fails so many students and how the manner in which they are taught in U.S. classrooms needs to improve in order to facilitate active, life-long learning.

Naturally, Couch places lots of focus on how technology can improve education.

Connected devices (such as iPads running Apple’s Schoolwork app) have a huge part to play in enabling schools to deliver personalized education, in which what individual students learn matches their understanding and ramps up as this improves.

Couch also looks at the growth in collaborative technologies, online reference sites, and emerging technologies such as augmented reality (AR), interactive books, and 3D printing as keys that should unlock future educational opportunity.

What seems to be a central argument across this work is that good learning outcomes aren’t defined by simply consuming and understanding information; achievement is also unlocked by expressing what is learned.

Looking to iBooks Author, he points out: “iBooks Author has become one of Apple’s most sought-after educational products because now kids can do more than just learn how to read a book; they can learn how to create their very own, fully interactive books.”

Couch’s book is full of his frustrations at the slow impact of these technologies on U.S. education. He argues that the world has changed so much that education must be redesigned to meet its new challenges.

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