Apple Education Showcase set for Jan. 12

“Exploration in Education” is the theme for the Jan. 12 Apple Education Showcase to be held from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Sorrell Center.

Schedule and registration

The event is an open house format, so stop by when it best fits your schedule.

  • 11 a.m. – Apple Innovation Demos
  • Noon – Keynote presentation by Dr. Farrell
  • 1 p.m. – Apple Innovation Demos

To register online for the event, which is free, click here or call 402-559-5929.

Keynote speaker Sarah Farrell, Ph.D., an Apple and education expert, will present insight into integrating technology in the medical education and clinical landscape at UNMC and Nebraska Medicine.

UNMC faculty and staff who participated in Apple Professional Development also will be on hand to showcase educational projects they created for delivery on mobile devices.

“Technology will play an ever-increasing role in health care education going forward,” said UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D. “This is an important initiative, and I am excited about the opportunity to examine the creative work from our UNMC innovators.”

Robert Norgren, Ph.D., one of UNMC’s faculty presenters, has been using Macs for more than 30 years. Dr. Norgren is professor in the department of genetics, cell biology and anatomy.

“I’ve been using Apple products for my research and teaching ever since,” Dr. Norgren said. “I have a 27-inch Retina iMac with 32 GB RAM on my desktop. Through the Apple Digital Campus Training program, generously supported by Chancellor Gold, I also have access to an iPad and MacBook Air. I use all three products in my teaching.

“Last year, I used my iPad to take pictures of dissected brains. I then imported the images into my desktop Mac and used Adobe Illustrator to label various neuroanatomical structures. The resolution of the images was amazing. The labeled figures were as good or better than you find in neuroanatomy textbooks. We used these images last year in the M1 Neurosciences Core in the lab manual, an e-learning module, handouts and presentations. It was great to use content created here at UNMC.

“Students really appreciated that the figures we used came directly from the material that they would be using in the lab. Using this approach, we can create custom content, at will.”

Faculty presenter Aaron Yoder, Ph.D., called the Apple equipment a valuable addition to his course.

“Both my formal and informal evaluations of the course and teaching methods with Apple equipment exceeded my expectations,” Dr. Yoder said. “This was my first semester teaching with the Apple equipment and both the students and I enjoyed the experience. The goal of bringing the Apple equipment into the classroom was to improve the student experience, and it did. It even improved my experience teaching the course.”