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March 14, 2014

Catoosa’s Wells Middle School named Apple Distinguished

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Parrish said the program would not be sustainable without community support.
“The bond issue provided us with needed funds to replace computers, and continue building the framework to support more and more computers. 
In order for Catoosa schools to be able to utilize the one to one program, they had to become an Apple Distinguished School. As part of the application process, administrators and teachers had to create an iBook displaying how the school uses Apple technology in the classroom.
“Apple representatives want to know that (teachers) are being innovative, imaginitive and creative — that we’re really teaching to a higher level of rigor,” she said. “We had to demonstrate that we had the professional development to utilize skills to maintain current equipment.”
Parrish said there are approximately 219 Apple Distinguished schools in the country, but only two in Oklahoma — Wells Middle School and Oklahoma Christian University.
“Teachers are no longer the sage on the stage. There really are facilitators for learning now that lead students to learn the things they need to know on their own,” she said. “Instead of read this chapter and answer the questions, they investigate and give the answer based on what they found. By using the Apple technology, students can create either key note presentations, iMovies or page documents to present the information they found.”

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