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Bok Academy's technology team is, from left, Barrett Hollis, Principal Damien Moses, Colby Pike, Josh Fell, Alicia Linder, Lindsay Woods, Christen Kauffman, Nicole Sealy, Bob Kochanowski, and Kari Richards.
Edward W. Bok Academy has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program for 2013 to 2015 for its use of iPads and MacBooks as a framework for curriculum.
The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.
“We feel technology is something that does not drive the learning, but rather is the vehicle that helps transport our students’ knowledge,” said Alicia Linder, dean of mathematics and program liaison on a tour with visitors to the school. “The selection of Edward W. Bok Academy as an Apple Distinguished Program highlights our success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment.”
Students create keynote presentations on iPads and MacBooks and often use the presentation methods to enhance content learning by creating iMovie trailers. Students also use iPads to create assessment videos after completing projects using the app, Educreations.
Riley Glausser, former Bok Academy Knight, addressed the student body. Riley, who recently moved to Iowa, felt compelled to speak to his peers after leaving Bok Academy. He challenged his friends and peers to take advantage of all that the school offers and the experiences it provides.