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Washington Technology Magnet Named an Apple Distinguished School

Apple Inc. has named Washington Technology Magnet School an Apple Distinguished School for 2017–2019, for its school-wide systematic implementation of technology including iPads to ensure learning across all grade levels and subjects.

“Having each student have an iPad has helped us close the digital divide,” said Principal Dr. Mike McCollor. “Teachers at Washington use technology in every content area, from eBooks in literacy to graphing programs in math to music creation software to design software in Engineering.”  

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

“The selection of Washington Technology Magnet 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,” McCollor said.

Washington Technology Magnet is a comprehensive magnet secondary school with a science, mathematics and technology focus that serves students in grades 6 through 12. Students learn in interdisciplinary teams in specially designed “house” areas of the school. Washington is also a BioSMART school (Biological Science, Math, Academic Rigor and Technology). Students at Washington select one of two BioSMART pathways offering specialized courses in biomedical or engineering.

McCollor and Eric Gunderson, the school’s Technology Integration Teacher on Special Assignment, believe the future of education will be based on technology-supported personalized learning. Washington teachers work collaboratively to use technology to support student learning as well as having students access, process, and present information, Gunderson said.

“This includes the 100 percent implementation of the Schoology LMS for digital coursework, the use of core apps for student content creation, and cloud sharing between students and teachers,” he said.

McCollor set a goal for the school that all classrooms are student-centered, customizable and technology enriched in order to address the diverse needs of all students.

“Apple technology provides students with greater voice and choice when it comes to the manner in which they learn,” McCollor said. “Teachers now have a greater array of tools to assist in tailoring instruction and learning supports to meet individual student needs.”

“At Washington Technology Magnet School our mission is to help kids get smarter,” McCollor said. “We have a collective vision of students engaged in learning, preparing them for a changing world.”