West Ferris school remains the apple of Apple’s eye

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West Ferris Intermediate and Secondary School has recently been designated an Apple Distinguished School from now until the end of 2024.

The tech giant best known for their iPhone, iMac, and iPad, also acknowledge schools throughout the world “that demonstrate Apple’s vision for learning with technology,” the company explains on their site.

“And we believe they are some of the most innovative schools in the world.”

Part of innovation is getting “students future-ready,” the Near North District School Board explained. To ensure the future begins now, “educators and students” at West Ferris “use iMac, MacBook Air, and iPad to create innovative, personalized teaching and learning experiences.”

Sean Ruddy, West Ferris’ interim principal is “very excited to be continuing our journey as an Apple Distinguished School.”

Recognition from Apple “reaffirms our deep commitment to a cycle of innovation that continues to be a driving force for positive growth at our school.”

Moreover, Apple’s recognition “will help inspire staff and students to continue to push the boundaries of what is possible with using technology in the classroom,” explained teacher Brent Yacoback.

Student Kendall Rosilius, a boundary pusher herself, is “very excited to learn West Ferris has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished school again.”

“It’s great that future students will be able to benefit from the same opportunities that I’ve had as an iCoach at West Ferris.”

“West Ferris students use MacBook, iMac, and iPad to facilitate, enhance and redefine” the education experience, the school board enthuses, noting “learning is no longer defined by what is going on in the classroom, but rather, has emerged as a 24-7 experience.”

Indeed, the STEAM program at West Ferris (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math = STEAM), is going strong, and with Apple’s continued designation, “the evolution of learning”—STEAM’s motto—is looking bright.

David Briggs, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, BayToday.ca

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