Apple Computer on April 24 announced the launch of Apple Teacher Institutes, a series of free, hands-on technology workshops for K-12 educators across the United States and Canada this summer.

Workshop participants will learn to use technology to maximize planning and instructional time, expand their individual areas of expertise, engage an increasingly diverse student body, and discover new ways to individualize instruction.

“Apple understands the many challenges educators face today,” said Cheryl Vedoe, Apple’s vice president of Education Marketing and Solutions. “We want to give teachers the chance to use technology in an environment where they can explore, question, learn, and then return to their classrooms feeling empowered.”

The Apple Teacher Institutes will highlight the potential of digital media, the internet, mobile and wireless computing and will be led by a team of educators who have integrated these technologies into their classrooms effectively.

The workshops will be held at the following dates and locations:

  • July 14- 18, University of California, Los Angeles

  • July 15-19, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

  • July 26-30, University of South Florida, Tampa

  • July 26- 30, University of Texas, Austin

  • August 2-6, Lesley University, Boston

  • August 3-7, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

  • August 3-7, Northwestern University, Chicago
Apple will underwrite the cost of the seminar content and materials. Participants will be required to stay in residency, however, at a cost of $500 per attendee. All K-12 teachers, regardless of grade level or subject area, are invited to attend. To register, go to http://www.apple.com/education/institutes.