Thursday, April 18, 2013

Distinguishing Our School

Mercy 2.0 featured the adoption of the Apple iPad as our 1:1 computing device for instruction.  But certainly, merely putting iPads in everyone's hands does not assure transformative results.
I believe Mercy that due to our history as a 1:1 school -- first with HP laptops and now with iPads -- we have been able to leverage the laptop in some remarkable ways.  In fact (while admitting I am greatly biased), I think that Mercy's use of technology for instructional purposes is remarkably innovative and exemplary.  The iPad's intuitive tools, its plethora of apps, and its marvelous av capabilities have allowed us to accelerate down the path of the redefinition of instruction.
But why take my word of it?
To demonstrate that Mercy is truly distinguished a project team has set off on a two-prong effort to examine and publish the impact of instructional technology on our community.  First, we are initiating a survey research study of the iPad's impact on our ninth graders.  Secondly, we intend to publish an iBook that exhibits our best practices.
Both efforts are not merely pipe dreams.  We are already well on the way toward collecting data and products that can help us guague the progress we have made thus far and establish a baseline for measuring our future achievements.

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