On March 12, Barry Sevett visited the Cedar Valley Catholic Schools to recognize the district as an Apple Distinguished Program for 2013-2015 academic years.
Sevett, an Apple Representative stated, “Cedar Valley Catholic Schools will join over 250 other programs throughout the country” in their initiatives to continue technology education within the classroom.
In order for a school to be designated a part of the “Apple Distinguished Program,” administrative staff and faculty must exhibit five qualities and apply to the program. Qualities entail visionary leadership, innovative learning and teaching, ongoing professional learning, compelling evidence of success, and flexible learning. Faculty and staff have been working closely to create “an innovative and compelling hybrid environment that engages students, teachers and parents. The tribute of the award goes to our outstanding IT Tech Team of Professionals and their commitment to our students. I truly believe we have one of the best IT teams in the country. They care about the students and continually provide ‘out of the box’ thinking with a true concern for Digital Citizenship,”stated Jackie Hoggins, CVCS Communications and Marketing Director.
After the student testimonials and the award presentation, attendees were invited to explore student projects on display. From art projects to Passion projects to cartoon designs, all projects used programs provided by Apple products and iPads.
Each student in 6-12 grades receives an iPad for academic use, while Pre-K-5 grades use technology in their classroom daily with their teachers. Many students also commented about the importance of daily iPad usage and technology in and out of the classroom.
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