Teacher pilots improved Apple TV


Photo by Andrew Bauer.

Math teacher Kathleen Robeson solves a math equation for her first period class using the Apple TV on Nov. 11.

Andrew Bauer, Reporter

Brand new devices such as the Apple TV 4th generation allow teachers and students to learn in new, modernistic ways in today’s technology based world. As technology evolves around the globe to improve processing power, classrooms must adapt to meet those standards.

Math department chair Kathleen Robeson was the first teacher to receive the new Apple TV, and is still piloting the device.

“I asked to try the new device because I am a Mac person, and because I bought an iPad Pro to use for school and for myself,” Robeson said. “It’s definitely a learning experience. It takes time to adjust.”

Students or administration who are familiar with Apple products will still have a learning curve to adjust to the new TV.

“What’s difficult is syncing Office 365,” Robeson said. “Education is a PC world, and not Mac or Apple. There is just so much the TV can do, especially for me, because I have a couple Macs and other Apple products.”

In the classroom, the TV offers many potential advantages. In the case of mathematics, notes from the teacher can be taken in real time so students can watch the arithmetic play out.

“I think that Apple devices in general are very relevant to the classroom,” senior John Wittrock said. “I am in mass media, and we use the Macs for editing, so for certain classes I think students can really benefit from using them.”

The Apple TV allows for a more engaging classroom as well. It allows the teacher to move around the room, iPad in hand, to engage with students individually to help those who may be struggling more than others.

“It can definitely enhance the experience of learning a new topic,” Robeson stated. “Especially for graphing, we don’t need to spend time on the graphing but rather we can focus more on the topic instead of the arithmetic that leads up to the topic.”