FLOYDADA, TX (KCBD) - Floydada Independent School District has been named an Apple Exemplary Program by Apple, Inc. for the 2009-2010 school year. This is a new recognition program, and FISD joins only 38 programs that Apple is recognizing nationwide.
The Apple Exemplary Program designation is reserved for educational programs that are model implementations of Apple products and solutions. Only programs that have demonstrated a strong use of Apple technology in education and illustrate "best practice" qualities of a 21st century learning environment are honored in this way.
John Couch, Vice President of Education, Apple, Inc. said, "In reviewing the great work that is underway in the Floydada Independent School District, I was especially impressed by your success in using Apple notebook computers and software as powerful teaching and learning tools, and your commitment to providing the requisite support for teachers through professional development. Your program serves as an example for other schools both locally and nationally."
Floydada ISD is a rural 2A school district with approximately 840 students located 50 miles northeast of Lubbock. Floydada ISD has almost 700 Apple MacBooks issued to students in grades 5 through 12, staff, and administrators. Another 120 laptops are checked out for classroom usage in grades Pre-K through 4.
Learning through technology has brought about an increased interest in learning, improved TAKS test scores, an increase in high school students taking college courses, as well as excitement by students and teachers across the district. Over 60 school districts have visited Floydada from across the nation to learn how to implement a successful 21st century learning program.
"It is very exciting to be recognized for the great accomplishments of our teachers and students. The laptop program has made a tremendous impact in the educational opportunities for our students as well as for the increased academic performance of the district," said Jerry Vaughn, FISD Superintendent. "Without a doubt, the 1:1 learning (one laptop to one student) program was a huge key in the district achieving the RECOGNIZED rating by Texas Education Agency this past year. I truly believe this recognition is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our teachers, staff, and students. It is a huge honor to be one of 38 districts across the nation to be recognized by Apple!"
John Montgomery, Apple K-12 Education Account Executive, traveled to Floydada to formally recognize Floydada ISD with a presentation at the FISD School Board meeting on April 13, 2010. The FISD Board of Education accepted the award on behalf of the district during the presentation.
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