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Apple names LASD tech coach Distinguished Educator


Photo By: Courtesy of Ellen Kraska
Photo Courtesy Of Ellen Kraska

Ellen Kraska, back center, joins Barbara Lichtenstein’s first-graders at Gardner Bullis School. Collaborating with Lichtenstein, Kraska helped students transform their illustrated stories into multimedia videos using iPads and the Educreations app.

Apple Inc. recently named Ellen Kraska, Los Altos School District technology integration coach, an Apple Distinguished Educator.

Kraska advises K-8 teachers in the district on effectively integrating technology in their instruction. In her position, funded by the Los Altos Education Foundation, she stays abreast of current technology and how it can improve student learning, and brings knowledge of the latest innovative practices to improve learning experiences for district students.

“I am extremely proud of Ellen Kraska’s selection,” said Jeff Baier, district superintendent. “She is an innovative educator, and this national recognition is well deserved. Professionals like Ellen continue to make LASD a nationally recognized leader in educational innovation.”

Founded in 1994, the Apple Distinguished Educator Program recognizes K-12 and higher-education pioneers who use a variety of Apple products to transform teaching and learning in powerful ways. The program has grown into a worldwide community of more than 2,000 educators and leaders.

Samantha Nguyen, a fifth-grade teacher at Almond School, received the designation in 2007.

“I am thrilled and honored to be recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator,” Kraska said. “Joining this community of educators will enable me to learn even more about how we can make learning engaging, creative and meaningful for our students.”

For more information, visit www.apple.com/education/ade.

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