Three staff from elearning@luton have been chosen to become part of the Class Of 2011 Apple Distinguished Educators Programme. Emma Darcy (Manager), Christian Turton (Deputy Manager) and Kevin Dickson (Music Technology and DV Teacher) each had to submit an application video accompanied by examples of how they use ICT in innovative ways as part of their teaching. Thousands of submissions were then assessed by senior Apple staff and other ADEs before, in a highly unusual move for one institution, all three discovered that they had been selected.
Apple describes Apple Distinguished Educators as follows, “ADEs work closely with Apple to lead innovation in education. They advocate using new technology to help engage students in new ways — and share their expertise with other educators and policy makers. They advise Apple on the realities of integrating technology into learning environments. They author and publish valuable insights, lessons, and best practices. And they work together as ambassadors to develop and promote powerful ideas for improving teaching and learning worldwide.”
This weekend, Emma, Christian and Kevin attended the prestigious European Apple Distinguished Educators Institute in London with eighty six other Class Of 2011 education professionals from Spain, Belgium, Italy, France, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, Austria and The Netherlands.
The benefits of the ADE Programme to elearning@luton and Luton schools are that the centre will remain at the forefront of the latest educational technology and pedagogy. Staff will be able to access cutting edge Apple hardware and software, as well as share skills, expertise and good practice with innovative educators from around the globe.