Darlington School is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2016-2018 for its innovative use of technology in teaching and learning since implementing a 1:1 technology initiative.
The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.
“Apple looks beyond technology and even the use of their products to make this designation. They take a deep look at the educational framework of the school,” said Stefan Eady, assistant head of school for academic resources. “Darlington’s project-based learning curriculum, focus on STEAM and makerspace integration, and our professional development approach were all considered.
“Technology at Darlington is integrated daily in all that we do," he continued. "This program’s success can be attributed to the fact that its origins came organically from teachers and students and has been supported from the beginning by the entire Darlington Community.”
The Apple Distinguished School program opens a number of opportunities to Darlington Community, including additional resources for teachers as well as increased exposure for the school.
“Prior to implementing our Apple pilot program, I served on a committee of Darlington teachers, students, and parents,” said Rebekah Kinney, technology integration coordinator. “We visited a number of Apple Distinguished Schools to learn about their programs and it’s amazing to see that we are now achieving this designation and will be able to host visits from schools who are where we were six years ago.”
As part of the application process, information technology staff members prepared an interactive e-book that outlines the school’s technology implementation program and integration of Apple products. This book will soon be trademarked and available for download in the iBooks Store.