St. Francis recognized as Apple Distinguished School

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St. Francis High School students use iPads in the classroom daily to enhance their learning experience.

Apple Inc. named St. Francis High School an Apple Distinguished School in recognition of its success in implementing technology that enhances teaching and learning via the school’s 1:1 iPad program.

St. Francis joins a group of schools nationwide that meets Apple’s criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence and demonstrates its vision of exemplary learning environments.

“This is a great honor for St. Francis,” St. Francis President Kevin Makley said.

Makley said the school’s educational technologists, Alex Bega and Matt Maguire, have done a “fantastic job” documenting the school’s successes and shepherding the 1:1 iPad program since its inception.

“We are proud of their efforts and commitment that led to this recognition,” Makley added.

As a Distinguished School, St. Francis will host informational events to educate other institutions on adopting 1:1 programs. In addition, it joins a network of schools that encourages teachers to collaborate with their peers from around the world.

“The more we can learn from each other, the better we all become,” said St. Francis Principal Patricia Tennant. “We are excited to be a resource for others. Our teachers and students have benefited so much already from our iPad program that we want other communities to be able to do so as well. We are also eager to embark on relationships with teachers from other schools, and we can’t wait to see the products of that collaboration in our own classrooms.”

St. Francis officials said they would continue to make technology a priority by strengthening the iPad program and exploring additional educational tools to enrich the school’s academic environment.

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