The International Training Institute is making it easier for sheet metal apprentices and journeymen to carry their coarse work. The organization has made more than 100 of its textbooks available on the Apple iPad. The electronic curriculum will later be available with Windows laptop computers and other tablet devices.
“We want to keep up with technology because
it’s where this industry is moving, and we don’t want sheet metal workers to be
afraid of it,” said Mike Harris, program administrator with the ITI. “We threw
this idea out to the apprentices and instructors, and they all think it’s a
The mobile content delivery system offers an interface
with search capabilities, off-line access to downloaded content, password
protection, non-stop encryption, push notification ability, and zoom
Apprentices and journeymen must be granted access
to the texts through TotalTrack, a proprietary comprehensive database that puts
all apprentice and journeyman information in one place, which can assign an
e-text automatically available for download on their iPad devices.
hosts student contact information, assignments and course syllabus as well as
grade books and forms for instructors. By 2013, ITI says that all
of the 160 sheet metal training centers will be using TotalTrack.
“The two systems together will make life, and learning, a whole lot easier for
apprentices and journeymen,” Harris said. “Technology is important in this
industry, and it’s important they learn to use it to their advantage. Having
your text books on a tablet, virtually in your back pocket, is definitely an
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