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Thornton Academy shares its technology excellence with educators from all over New England

Thornton Academy welcomed nearly 30 representatives from schools around Maine and Northern New England to campus on March 12. The educators toured Thornton Academy classrooms, heard from TA teachers and students, and met with representatives from Apple as a part of Thornton Academy's Apple Distinguished School distinction.

“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 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.

The visit was organized by Thornton Academy Technology Integrator Lauren Levesque. Levesque understands the importance of learning from others to successfully implement technological initiatives.

"Part of being an Apple Distinguished School means we get the honor of setting an example and collaborating with others that are trying to impact the same change that we are. In planning today's visit we hoped to lend a hand to those embarking on the journey of providing students and staff with 1:1 Apple products while showing what we do well here at Thornton Academy," said Levesque.

Thornton Academy German teacher AdriAnne Curtis participated in the visit. She led a group of educators to classrooms to see technology use in action and also participated in a panel to share best practices on implementing a 1:1 iPad program to enhance learning.

“Being involved with the ADS visit has been a great professional opportunity for me. It’s so rewarding to engage in a dialogue about tech use in teaching, knowing that I’m going beyond just improving the learning experience in my own classroom. I’m very proud of what I do with technology, and getting to showcase that and help other teachers gain confidence with those tools is one of the best things I can do as a colleague,” Curtis said.

Only four other schools in the state of Maine currently hold the Apple Distinguished School distinction. Globally, there are 400 total institutions in 29 different countries that have received this award

Written By: Katy Nicketakis