Apple Distinguished School

The UCA College of Education was recently selected as an Apple Distinguished School. Per the Apple website, Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of excellence that demonstrate Apple’s vision for learning with technology — and we believe they are some of the most innovative schools in the world. There are only 400 Apple Distinguished Schools in the world…UCA marks only the third in the state of Arkansas, and the only college of education.

Dr. Victoria Groves-Scott, Dean of the COE, shared, “The College of Education started the Apple 1-1 Mobile Initiative in 2015. The catalyst for the initiative was not to showcase technology or to be recognized externally (although both of those things have happened), it was to create a teaching environment within the college that supported and encouraged engagement. We set out to enhance the instructors engagement with students, student to student engagement, student engagement with technology, and engagement with authentic content. Our goal was (and is) to train every teacher to use technology to increase student voice, choice, access, and achievement. The technology is just one tool or medium for good teaching pedagogy. Over the course of three years we have build capacity within our infrastructure: renovating classrooms spaces and enhancing wifi technology. We have facilitated the growth of our technology expert faculty and our technology novice faculty. We have pushed for authenticity and integrity. The COE faculty have been the backbone of this initiative as a model of innovation, perseverance, and risk taking. At the end, we dedicate this achievement to our students, who will make the world a better place, one-child-at-a-time.”

You can view a demo of our Apple Distinguished School Application iBook in the video below.


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