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Staff Report – Florida Catholic

11/22/17

Bishop Verot Catholic High School in Fort Myers has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2017-19 for its complete integration of the one iPad per student program and the creation and implementation of an advanced learning environment charting a dynamic direction for student learning.

Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence using Apple products to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and the school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishment.

Bishop Verot Catholic High School students work on their iPads in Fort Myers. Verot has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2017-19 for its complete integration of the 1:1 iPad program.

“Using the iPad in the classroom has helped create a student-centered learning environment through the creation of more hands-on learning and collaborative study” said Principal Dr. Denny Denison. “Seeing small groups of students recording a podcast, filming clips for an iMovie, or working on project-based learning assignments is a testament to our teachers and students embracing our journey. The 1:1 iPad program has revolutionized our teaching and completely transformed our school.”

The selection of Bishop Verot Catholic High School as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our success as an innovative and compelling learning environment engaging students and providing tangible evidence of academic accomplishment.

While maintaining Verot’s Catholic traditions, teachers and administrators realized that in order to teach tomorrow’s creative thinkers and problem solvers, it is necessary to use current technology taking Verot beyond the limited walls of the classroom.

With the use of the iPad, students can research scientific principles, link to real world applications, and create graphs, timelines, and surveys based on their findings.

Teachers present podcasts recorded in Ivy League lecture halls while refining students’ communication skills. While students continue to improve their traditional skills in writing, mathematics, and science, the iPad has allowed students to broaden their learning style to include employability skills such as communication, professionalism, problem-solving, and teamwork. Content initiative, creativity, and community involvement share a common focus in our modern curriculum.

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