We are thrilled to announce that, after a lengthy application process, Elmwood School has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School. Apple Distinguished Schools are K–20 schools that provide 24/7, schoolwide, one-to-one access to Apple notebook computers and/or mobile devices to all students, teachers, and administrators. They demonstrate an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment. This recognition is an enormous honour for our school.
As part of the application process, we were tasked with creating an iBook®, documenting our commitment to the five best practices of an Apple Distinguished School: visionary leadership, innovative learning and teaching, ongoing professional learning, compelling evidence of success and a flexible learning environment. Our iBook will go through the publishing process over the coming months, and will be available to our community in the new year through the iTunes store.
We are so incredibly proud of this recognition. Innovation has always been a hallmark of an Elmwood education and we have always worked hard to be a leading-edge school. We were one of the first schools in North America to introduce a 1:1 laptop program over 20 years ago and we switched to being an Apple school eight years ago. Today, technology is ubiquitous. All students and teachers seamlessly integrate technology into their learning and teaching to create an enhanced educational experience.
Being named an Apple Distinguished School means that we can expect visitors from other schools to come see all the exciting things we are doing at Elmwood. It also will give our teachers enhanced opportunities for professional development. We are excited to see what else they will learn. Like all of our students, our teachers are lifelong learners—they never get tired of learning more about education.
Thank you to Mr. Matt Perreault for leading these innovations over the past seven years. He has been a true visionary. Thank you also to the members of Elmwood’s curriculum review team, the members of the leadership team and all of our teachers and students, for the roles they have played. Because the truth is, every single student and teacher helped us gain this recognition and we are grateful to everyone.
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