Bok named Apple School of Distinction

LAKE WALES – Edward W. Bok Academy has been named an “Apple School of Distinction,” one of only 43 schools in the United States to receive this recognition for 2012-2013.

“It’s very exciting!” Principal Damien Moses said, after receiving official notification. “We have worked hard to make sure we are providing the best possible technology resources for our students and our staff.”

In September, Apple’s Education Recognition Program invited Bok to apply. Bok was identified by Apple as a center of “educational excellence and leadership consistently demonstrating ‘best practice’ qualities of a 21st century learning environment.”

The five criteria for being named an Apple School of Distinction are: visionary leadership; innovative learning and teaching; ongoing professional learning; compelling evidence of success; and flexible learning environment.

Since its opening in Fall 2008, Bok Academy has emphasized the mission of “educating Renaissance thinkers for the digital age.” The school uses ever-changing technology to achieve its educational mission, including a broad range of Apple hardware and software.

Visitors to the campus see students and staff using a variety of technology: iPads, cameras, e-readers (the school has a virtual library), Promethean boards in classrooms, digital textbooks, flight simulator, EPOC headsets, and laptop and desktop computers.  Bok frequently hosts Apple “tours” and visiting educators who come to the campus looking for ideas that can be replicated at other schools.

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PHOTO: File photo of two Bok students using iPads to compute math angles (November 2011).

PHOTO: File photo of Bok student using a digital textbook on her iPad in math class. (March 2012).