School recog­nised for iPad scheme

Uxbridge Gazette - - NEWS -

ACS Hilling­don Lower School has been recog­nised as an Ap­ple Dis­tin­guished School, for its one-to-one iPad stu­dent scheme.

The Ap­ple Dis­tin­guished Schools pro­gramme 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 said: “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 pro­gramme over five years ago.”

As part of the school’s award sub­mis­sion, the team cre­ated an on­line book which show­cased how ACS stu­dents and staff utilise Ap­ple tech­nol­ogy in the class­room.

Sue Wake­field, the school’s IT in­te­gra­tionist, said: “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 whilst 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 recog­nised by our new sta­tus as an Ap­ple Dis­tin­guished School.”

ACS Hilling­don’s new multi-mil­lion pound Science Centre, due to be com­pleted in 2017, will also in­clude state-of-theart lab­o­ra­to­ries, in­cor­po­rat­ing the lat­est iPad tech­nol­ogy.

Dr Neelu Sharma, head of science at ACS Hilling­don, said: “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.”

TECH­NOL­OGY: ACS Hilling­don Lower School has been se­lected as an Ap­ple Dis­tin­guished School

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