I am applying for the Apple Distinguished Educator program for 2015. There are many reasons why I want to be involved in this program. Its not about the title or its exclusiveness. Now that we are completely immersed in our 1:1 environment at my school, I am looking for a professional community where I can be inspired and see best practices but also contribute my own learning.
My school went 1:1 with iPads this past year but I have been actively involved in the planning during the last three years. I spent an incredible amount of time in the planning process, evaluating devices, choosing eTextbooks, training the faculty, and preparing our students by running the iPad online modules and bootcamp. I learned so much working closely with our Mobile Learning Initiative team.
My ADE Application video http://youtu.be/JxCevI5UvOs
I recently spoke with our local rep and he told me there are less than 10 educators in the Northwest who have the designation of “Apple Distinguished Educator.” I was surprised. There are many places like Texas and Florida that host fabulous iPad events – we need to bring that type of energy to the NW and I want to be part of it.
I am realistic and I know the selection process is very competitive but I truly believe I have something to offer the ADE community. Thanks to my ADE friends and the #adechat community who have encouraged me to apply. I am honored to be considered!