Saint Viator High School already has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School, but its technology-driven curriculum continues to change the way students learn—now through faculty members certified as Apple Teachers.
Apple began offering new training resources for teachers in September, and since then nearly 50 Saint Viator teachers have taken the online classes and completed the curriculum to earn their new designation. But that number changes every day, says Ms. Maggie Miskowicz, instructional technology coordinator.
She gives a shout-out to every new Apple teacher on Twitter, and her tweets have drawn recognition from the likes of iTunesU, an official Apple account, and the Office of Catholic Schools within the Archdiocese of Chicago.
In order to become an Apple Teacher, faculty members must complete badges in eight subject areas, including iPad, Pages for iPad, Keynotes for iPad, Numbers for iPad, iMovie for iPad, GarageBand for iPad, Productivity with iPad and Creativity with iPad. Teachers then have the option of going on to complete the Mac curriculum, as well.
“The training resources serve as an excellent tool to build and refine iPad skills,” Ms. Miskowicz says. “It is amazing that so many of our teachers dove right into the lessons and completed the curriculum. This just goes to show how committed they are to technology use in the classroom.”
This growing number of Apple teachers at Saint Viator only furthers the school’s innovative curriculum redesign—and leverages technology with academics.
“The use of the iPad in education challenges students to learn by doing,” says Principal Eileen Manno. “It engages them in the learning process in multi-dimensional, dynamic and creative ways.”