Thornton Academy welcomed nearly 30 representatives from schools around Maine and Northern New England to campus to meet with four representatives from Apple as a part of Thornton Academy's Apple Distinguished School distinction.
Director of Technology Ben Nasse '93 and Associate Head of School Marsha Snyder participate in a panel with educators from other New England schools.
“Thornton Academy is honored to share our innovative programs with colleagues from across New England and to be recognized as an educational leader in technology. This is possible due to our tremendous faculty and staff who are on the cutting edge of instruction. The Apple Distinguished School accolade demonstrates Thornton Academy’s overall commitment to STEM education to prepare students for a changing world,” Thornton Academy Headmaster Mr. Rene Menard said.
During the visit, Apple K12 Account Executive Tara Maker shared that she enjoyed the format of Thornton Academy's school visit because it gave all participants the opportunity to ask questions, share ideas, and discuss technology integration in the panel discussions.
Seventh graders Mayla Wilson and Clara Holley use laptops in science class.
The visit was organized by Director of Instruction Amanda Doyle. Amanda shared the evolution of Thornton Academy's 1:1 device program, lead visitors through a campus tour and concluded with panel discussions covering the topics of leadership, IT logistics, and teacher involvement.
Teachers from across New England visited TA to learn technology integration.
"We are so grateful to the schools who hosted us as we planned for our 1:1 iPad implementation four years ago. We also appreciate the opportunity our distinction provides— to share what we’ve learned with others, and give back in kind. Hosting an event like today’s visit presents a unique chance not only to reflect on what we do every day, but also to recognize the accomplishments of our talented staff," said Doyle.
Maine is home to five schools that have received the Apple Distinguished School award and there are 400 total institutions in 29 different countries with this distinction.