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Horace Mann School Recognized as Apple Distinguished School

Horace Mann School Recognized as Apple Distinguished School

We are pleased to announce that we have been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2019–2022 for our growth and development with technology within one year. Our staff went from beginning use of technology with students to extensive and pervasive use with students. This use engages students and supports student learning.


Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence that use technology to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and the school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishment.


“We are honored and humbled that we were recognized. We understand that we are on a journey to best support student learning and engagement through technology. Our staff is committed to growing and learning with the students, “stated Principal Jim Litwin.


The selection of Horace Mann School as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our success as an innovative and ​compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment. Some highlights from last year include:

  • Staff members implemented Apple’s powerful Classroom app to manage student use and workflow with devices.
  • Kindergarten classrooms created a shape with the manipulative blocks, then took pictures of the shape and posted the assignment. Later they extended learning on patterns with a similar strategy.
  • In 1st grade, students created 10 Frames, Geoboards, and story problems in Keynote and using markup tools for early math instruction.
  • In 2nd grade, students were able to independently export their work into a movie file and share assignments on Seesaw. They learned the basics of coding through self-guided lessons on the iPad. Learning, creating, and sharing on the iPad was part of their daily routine. 
  • 3rd graders accumulated facts from presentations done by students throughout the school year, creating a learning journal in Pages. Students worked collaboratively to complete research projects and communicate their findings using Keynote.
  • 4th grade students used Notability & Schoology for Math Review and the Post-It Note app to organize thinking for research papers. Teachers developed a template to use with students for quick thinking and reorganizing ideas.
  • 5th graders utilized Pages for building resumes for a Junior Achievement project. They used Book Creator for a writing project on Personal Narratives. During author studies, students used Poplet to create graphic organizers and then used the interactive white board to present.
  • Students in multiple grade levels learned to use the Clips app to make a video with titles/captions, filters, and effects. Multiple grade levels and specialists used the iPads and apps to enrich class field trips. They were able to take notes and pictures, review learning, and make connections to other online resources like