Rowland Hall's iPad program (used in grades three through eight) has been recognized by Apple as an "exemplary" model for enhancing teaching and learning.
Here's what Apple had to say: "We are excited to inform you that the 1:1 iPad Program at Rowland Hall has been selected as an Apple Distinguished Program for 2014–2016, a two-year designation. Congratulations on being recognized as an exemplary learning environment for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence.”
Let the celebration begin...but not until you take a look at the iBook that Christian Waters, director of technology integration, submitted, which sealed our bid for distinction.
Technology integration shifted fundamentally some years ago when Rowland Hall moved away from a computer lab model, where technology is sequestered in a special room, to an integrated model, where technology is woven into the fabric of learning in classrooms. Due to an influx of devices in classrooms, teachers and parents have asked about the purpose and goals of technology integration. Christian and Director of Technology Patrick Godfrey collaborated and created a document to clarify the purpose of technology use in the classroom. The document is intended to help guide teachers' instruction and educate the community about our priorities with iPads, laptops, robotics, maker spaces, and computer science courses.
Read more about Rowland Hall's philosophy for technology in the classroom and the skills we teach from grades one through five.