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MISD High School, Middle School Students Benefit from iPad Innovations

Feb 18, 2015 10:43AM ● Published by Kevin

The Mansfield ISD Power Up Program has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program for 2014 – 2016 for its groundbreaking use of innovative and inspiring teaching methods. The district’s program launched in the fall semester of 2012 with the distribution of over 10,000 iPads to MISD high school teachers and students.

The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.

The selection of Mansfield ISD Power Up as an Apple Distinguished Program highlights our success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible experience of academic accomplishment.

The Power Up program is a reflection of MISD’s commitment to becoming a leader in digital education. It has paved the way for students to engage in a variety of 21st century instructional techniques such as project-based learning, flipped classroom, and paperless classroom. Research conducted by the MISD Technology Department showed a substantial increase in student collaboration and classroom engagement since the launch of the program.

Teachers have benefitted from the availability of iTunes U, an educational app that allows them to create and manage their courses in an individualized and interactive way. iTunes U courses created by Mansfield ISD educators are available to millions of iOS users around the world and have been utilized to enhance teaching and learning across the globe by 127 countries and counting.

The district’s Power Up program is detailed in an interactive iBooks Texbook available as a free download for iPad by searching for “Mansfield Independent School District” in the iBooks Store. The digital book was created by Michael Fore and Catherine McGuiness, the district’s educational technology trainers, along with several MISD students.

Now, the program is gearing up to expand to middle school campuses. 
Mansfield ISD is preparing to distribute 5,000 iPads to students and teachers in each of its six middle schools as part of a district initiative to create an innovative and engaging learning environment.

The use of iPads is not required in the classroom, but is encouraged to promote interactivity and technical knowledge.

To learn more about the iPad initiative, visit the MISD Educational Technology webpage. You can also view frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the iPad deployment.

Information courtesy of mansfieldisd.org

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