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New Hampton School Named Apple Distinguished School

New Hampton School is pleased to announce that it has been named an Apple Distinguished School for the 2012-2013 school year for the implementation of its 1:1 iPad Program. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for schools that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate Apple’s vision of exemplary learning environments.

“This designation is an honor and a wonderful acknowledgement of New Hampton School's quest to continually embrace opportunities for our students to learn in the most relevant ways possible,” said New Hampton Head of School Andrew Menke. “Our vision as a school is to innovatively prepare students for the 21st-Century and our iPad program has been a significant and tangible step forward in this respect. We are proud of both the process with which we have integrated this technology and the way our learning community has embraced it. It has been a remarkable learning experience that continues every day as we attempt to evolve as a school and best serve each individual student.”

The selection of New Hampton School as an Apple Distinguished School highlights its successes in enhancing and extending teaching and learning with thoughtful and innovative implementations of technology. New Hampton School began its iPad Program as a pilot in 2010 when the School gave iPads to all freshmen and some faculty members. After documented success, all faculty and ninth- and tenth-grade students utilized iPads during the 2011-12 school year. In the fall of 2012, New Hampton became a 1:1 iPad school and immediately recognized the benefits school-wide that the pilot program hinted towards in its early days.

New Hampton School believes that learning is a personal experience for every student, which is a challenge when trying to make teaching more individualized. However, the iPad Program has given students the freedom and ability to explore how they learn best through the use of a multitude of different apps. Teachers can help students be more active in their learning by choosing to read and highlight an iBook or use Notability for writing, recording, and interacting with others. With the entire school using  iPad, online learning and flipped classroom techniques are more accessible.

According to Director of Technology Integration Hans Mundahl, New Hampton has seen the changes in which students learn and teachers teach.

“At the core of what we do is building a relationship between the teacher and student that will enhance learning. iPad integration is only successful when used as a tool for learning and teaching in better ways,” Mundahl said. “I’m proud to work with students who are excited to learn in innovative ways and teachers who are not afraid to take risks in and outside the classroom for the sake of their students. The 1:1 iPad program and its three-year installation process has provided the necessary time for our school to build the best and most sustainable program possible.”

For more information about the Apple Distinguished School Award and New Hampton's iPad Program, visit https://www.newhampton.org/podium/default.aspx?t=170054

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