Academy of the Holy Names is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2016-2018 for its successful implementation of a 2:1 MacBook Air and iPad program and its innovative approach to curriculum that integrates technology, promotes creativity, encourages artistic expression, and actively engages students in exploration and inquiry.
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.
President Art Raimo said of the recognition, “By creating learning environments that are more conducive to 21st century education, the Academy has found that our students are more engaged and active learners. Technology is just one piece of the puzzle, but it is an important one. By integrating technology into our curriculum, our faculty is able to develop student-centered approaches to teaching and learning.”
The selection of the Academy as an Apple Distinguished School highlights the school’s success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment. By incorporating technology into their daily lives, students are engaged in activities such as creating 3D images of monuments in Washington, D.C., in preparation for an experiential learning trip, sharing Multi-Touch books about the 1920s which they create with iBooks Author, and programming a robot by applying the angle of rotations math skill.
Data collection has shown integration of technology into the classroom, along with other best practices, has a positive impact on student attitudes towards learning, self-confidence, and self-esteem, resulting in a deeper engagement with the course material and development of 21st century skills.