Provided by Floydada Independent School District:
Floydada ISD is pleased to announce that it has been named an Apple Distinguished Program for its consistent growth, improvement, and leadership in 1:1 school initiatives using the implementation of Apple technology.
The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs that are recognized centers of educational excellence and leadership. Only 49 schools across the United States receive this distinction for 2011-2012.
"We are very honored to receive this designation for the third year in a row. Our school board, administration, and staff are committed to providing our students with a quality education through the use of technology. Our Technology Immersion Program is a critical part of our district and has helped us prepare our students for the 21st Century," said Superintendent Gilbert Trevino.
The selection of Floydada ISD as an Apple Distinguished Program highlights its successes in enhancing and extending teaching and learning with thoughtful and innovative implementations of technology. Much of the success of the districts' technology is attributed to the administrators and teachers' commitment to expand existing technology skills each year and create a seamless level of technology integration that supports every aspect of the instructional process. The use of extensive software and web resources provides a broad spectrum of data and feedback to assist teachers in more prescriptive classroom instruction. The addition of laptops throughout the elementary grades has provided the district with the ability to increase student skills and expertise in such a way that the district's goal of providing 21ST century skills to students is realized.
To further the technology program, Floydada ISD administrators are currently working with Dr. Billie McConnell at Abilene Christian University, Apple representatives, and other districts across the state to network and build a leadership program and resource base. The goal of the program is to better prepare districts leaders and teachers as they transition to a technology based instructional program, as well as share the resource of teachers who excel in the use of seamless instruction and technology.