PNDHS Named Apple Distinguished School

Peoria, Illinois – January 28, 2013 – Peoria Notre Dame High School is pleased to announce that it has been named an Apple Distinguished School for the 2012-2013 school year in recognition of its 1:1 MacBook program.

The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for schools that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments. Peoria Notre Dame is one of a select group of schools nationwide selected as an Apple Distinguished School this year highlighting its successes in enhancing and extending teaching and learning with thoughtful and innovative implementations of technology.

“Integrating the meaningful use of technology across our curriculum has been part of an ongoing strategic plan to help better prepare our students for the challenges of the 21st century. Our 1:1 technology initiative provides our school with a consistent and reliable platform to help us reach our educational goals. Our students deserve this information and technology rich environment,” said PND Principal, Charlie Roy. At Peoria Notre Dame, students can access notes, study guides and otherwise collaborate and learn using MacBooks and other technology.

“Receiving the Apple Distinguished School Award is a compliment to the leadership of our administration, technology department and Board of Directors. It is an acknowledgment, too, for our parents who believe in the proper application of technology tools for their children, and for our faculty who has been sacrificial with their time and other resources to master the skills required to shepherd student success in the 21st century,” said Roy. “But, most of all, it is a great tribute to our wonderful students who have embraced technology as the powerful tool it is to research, create, store, and instantly access a world of information and learning opportunities. Over the last three years, the benefits we’ve seen from this focus on technology have enhanced both our school culture and curriculum,” stated Roy.

Since the implementation of the school’s 1:1 MacBook program in 2009, there has been a shift in the way teaching and learning occurs at Peoria Notre Dame. Using Apple tools and unlimited Internet resources, teachers have revised lesson plans to meet the needs of “digital natives.” Students create and submit projects in a variety of formats including podcasts, iMovies and newsletters.

Peoria Notre Dame High School, a Roman Catholic High School under the pastoral direction of the Bishop of Peoria, is a college preparatory high school which serves the Tri-county area. Peoria Notre Dame High School nurtures the spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical development of our students by teaching the Catholic faith and leading students to be disciples of Jesus Christ and by teaching the arts and sciences in a climate of academic inquiry.

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