In November of 2014, we were pleased to announce that Foxcroft Academy, which implemented a 1-to-1 iPad Initiative in the fall of 2011, has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School (ADS) for 2014–2016. We are just as pleased to announce that our ADS recognition has been extended through the 2018 school year!
The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence while also demonstrating a clear vision of exemplary learning environments. (Click here to see the iBook we submitted to Apple to apply for ADS recognition.)
“The selection of Foxcroft Academy as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment,” said Head of School Arnold Shorey, who started at FA in the fall of 2010 and implemented the iPad Initiative in his second year. “This recognition represents the FA community working, learning, planning, and solving problems together–the Board of Trustees supporting the technology; the faculty having the courage to try new things; the students teaching adults how to use new tools; the ongoing support from parents and alumni; the Information Technology department constructing a solid infrastructure; and the administration modeling and facilitating a new style of learning.”
Through innovative practices and experiences, our students are empowered to direct the path of their own learning as they collaborate with a faculty excited to work with individuals or small groups for independent study or enrichment. Students develop a sense of self through knowledge, choice, and ownership of a personalized and self-directed learning experience while the faculty, eager to lead by example, employs digital means of communication and collaboration, providing students access to materials through class websites and course learning management systems such as Edmodo or iTunes U. Our teachers also believe strongly in sharing their work with learners the world over, having created and published courses on iTunesU that as of November 2016 amassed more than 2.4 million views, 400,000 subscriptions, and 800,000 downloads.