SOPHIA Launches iPad® Training For Teachers

                 SOPHIA Launches iPad® Training For Teachers

Online Platform Offers Free Certification Program to Provide Tips and
Techniques to Effectively Utilize iPads in the Classroom

PR Newswire

MINNEAPOLIS, March 5, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --With more and more schools using
iPads, tablets and 1:1 initiatives in the classroom, is offering a
free certification program to train teachers to successfully integrate these
devices into their teaching. SOPHIA, the open online education platform
offering a unique Many Ways to Learn™ model with more than 30,000 free
academic multimedia tutorials taught by over 6,000 teachers, developed the
Tablet Certification program in collaboration with faculty from Capella
University's School of Education.

"Technology has become a critical tool for teachers to more efficiently
individualize instruction for each student, in and outside the classroom,"
said Allison Gage, Senior Vice President at SOPHIA. "We developed this program
to help teachers more effectively use the devices while also keeping students
engaged by meeting them where they are in this digital age."

To earn the certificate, teachers complete a series of tutorials on the
following topics:

  o"What is a Personal Device Classroom"
  o"Building an Effective iPad Lesson"
  o"Increasing Student Learning with Technology"
  o"Personal Device Resources and Management"

The tutorials were developed by teachers who are experts at implementing and
using this technology in their classrooms. The program features SOPHIA's Many
Ways learning model where users can choose from a variety of different
instructors and teaching styles. SOPHIA also offers the Many Ways model on
each of its 200 learning pathways, which include a sequenced journey of
tutorials with multiple lessons on each concept featuring screencasts, images,
video, audio podcasts and text where students are quizzed along the way to
determine mastery. 

Teachers may apply the Tablet Certificate toward their professional
development by submitting their certificate to the appropriate person at their

This is the second teacher certification program offered by SOPHIA. The
organization introduced the Flipped Classroom Certificate in April 2012 and
since then, 3,000 teachers have participated in the program. In the flipped
classroom, students watch multimedia tutorials as homework and then use
valuable class time to complete assignments when teachers are available to
provide one-on-one assistance and delve deeper into a concept.

SOPHIA Offers Free Webinars for Teachers
SOPHIA regularly hosts webinars led by teachers who share their success using
technology and the flipped classroom. Over 2,500 teachers have participated in
these events, which focus on new and relevant teaching pedagogies that are
part of the current paradigm shift happening in education. 

To learn more, visit

SOPHIA is a first-of-its-kind social education platform that offers students
many ways to learn by making free, credible academic content available to
anyone, anywhere, at anytime. The site offers more than 28,000 tutorials
created by hundreds of teachers and experts taught in a variety of ways. The
platform further enhances the learning process by offering quizzes, assessing
learning preferences and providing learning paths that lead students from one
topic to the next so students of all ages can learn the way they learn best.
SOPHIA is owned by Capella Education Company. For more information, visit

iPad^®is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc. ("Apple"). Apple does not
sponsor or endorse the use of its products in connection with this program.

Laura Telander Graf


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