School of Education awarded Apple Distinguished School Status for 2021-2024

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The School of Education has been awarded Apple Distinguished School (ADS) status for 2021-2024.

The ADS award recognises the pioneering work of the School of Education and its eLearning Program, which Apple has highlighted as an exemplar of innovation in teacher education. With this award, the School of Education is internationally recognised as using contemporary technologies in tertiary education. 

The eLearning Program has enhanced the digital capabilities of all pre-service teachers and academics in the School of Education. Academics have revisited resources, content and assessments in their courses to make meaningful and scaffolded use of contemporary technologies. 

Highlights of our achievements include:

Over 600 pre-service teachers (and all academics) have achieved Apple Teacher status. 

  • All teaching spaces used by School of Education academics use wireless, mobile projection technology. 
  • Printing by School of Education pre-service teachers has been reduced by 63%. 
  • The School of Education regularly hosts events that attract the most innovative teachers in Australia and beyond. 
  • While on school placements, pre-service teachers have led professional development workshops to enhance the digital capabilities of their mentor teachers. 

Dr Walter Barbieri, who has led the eLearning Program since its inception and pioneered these innovative approaches, and the academic team for their ongoing commitment to the strategy Professor Faye McCallum (Head of School) introduced the eLearning Program concept, in line with the University of Adelaide’s strategic plan and graduate attributes. 

The School of Education thanks Professor Jennie Shaw, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic) and Executive Dean for the Faculty of Arts, and Abhinay Katakam, Acting Faculty of Arts Executive Manager, for their ongoing support. 

The School of Education looks forward to engaging with other ADS schools worldwide to continue to innovate teaching and learning into the future. It will be inspiring to see the positive impact of graduates of the eLearning Program as our pre-service teachers become ready to lead the way in Australia’s connected classrooms.

Find out more about the e Learning program

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