Heritage named Apple Distinguished School
Heritage named Apple Distinguished School
Posted on 11/16/2017

Heritage Apple Distinguished Schools Photo
 From left, Board Chair Joanne Mansur, Superintendent Olson-Skog 
and Heritage teachers Craig and Jen Roble. 

Apple has again named Heritage E-STEM Magnet School as a Distinguished School. Heritage was first designated as an Apple Distinguished School during the 2012-13 school year for its overall use of technology to enhance and accelerate learning. The most recent distinctions expired this year and the renewal will now carry through 2019.


The Apple Distinguished School and Program designations are reserved for schools that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate Apple’s vision of exemplary learning environments.


Heritage E-STEM Magnet School has infused technology into all aspects of its curriculum through a one-to-one initiative in which each student, grades 5-8, receives their own iPad. Originally funded as part of the school’s U.S. Department of Education Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) grant, Heritage students use the devices to complete assignments, organize their worksheets and notes, give presentations and collaborate with classmates. The iPads take learning beyond the classroom by providing immediate and safe Internet access so students can view instructional videos and perform research. Students have even used their iPads to conduct live interviews with people from across the globe.


The one-to-one iPad initiative has been supported by Heritage’s staff, who have a strong commitment to technology-based learning. Teachers have engaged in numerous hours of professional development activities to develop curriculum, try new applications and more. The professional development is now supported by the EmPowerED initiative, which was launched by the district in the spring of 2015.

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