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ACS Hillingdon Named Apple Distinguished School
By Mark London 28-Mar-17
ACS Hillingdon Lower School has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for its one-to-one iPad student scheme. The Apple Distinguished Schools program is reserved for schools that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence and demonstrate Apple’s vision of exemplary learning environments. Apple Distinguished Schools use Apple hardware, apps, and content to promote creativity, collaboration, innovation, and critical thinking to transform learning and teaching. Over the next two years, ACS Hillingdon Lower School will play an active role in helping other local and international schools implement tablet technology through a series of educator visits. Lower School Principal Michelle Eriksen commented, “Receiving recognition as an Apple Distinguished School is a testament to the staff, students, and the ACS community’s collective hard work, collaboration, and the journey we have been on since we launched our iPad program over five years ago.” As part of the school’s award submission, the team created an online book that showcased how ACS students and staff utilize Apple technology in the classroom. Sue Wakefield, Lower School IT Integrationist, added, “The school’s ‘100 iPad Wall’ project is a great example of how technology can enhance student learning. High school students built and coded the wall made up of 100 iPads while younger students created a piece of art using iPad ProScopes to take microscopic images that were displayed on the iPad Wall. Through this project, students developed the ‘four Cs’—communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. “We have consistently found that iPad technology allows students to engage with the curriculum on a much deeper level and this is recognized by our new status as an Apple Distinguished School.” Selection to join the program recognizes the school’s successful implementation of technology and the important role played by its dedicated IT Integrationists, who work with ACS educators to create learning resources and integrate iPad into the classroom. Similarly, the school’s IT lab has been designed with mobile technology at its heart; two large wall-mounted LCD screens equipped with Apple TV allow students to easily collaborate on projects and share work. ACS Hillingdon’s new multi-million dollar Science Center, due to be completed in 2017, will also include state-of-the-art laboratories incorporating the latest iPad technology. Dr. Neelu Sharma, Head of Science at ACS Hillingdon, commented, “Embedding mobile technology across the new science facilities will enable and inspire curious minds to delve deeper, and provide students with a solid preparation for university and highly successful careers in science.”
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04/07/2017 - Terry
I am wondering if this school has a resource centre for children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities? If so, Bookshare.org can address the needs of these learners and provides exceptional content to be downloaded and read on the IPAD. Whats unique is that Bookshare has accessible science and math content for primary through higher ed available from leading publishers that schools like ACS Hillingdon's buy from.