Charleston County School District's Drayton Hall Elementary and R.B. Stall High School were recently named Apple Distinguished Schools for the 2015-2017 school years, recognizing the innovative use of technology in their classrooms.
Presented by Apple, Inc., the Apple Distinguished School designation pays tribute to innovative educational programs that stress leadership and educational excellence while also having a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.
Every student in the winning Charleston County schools uses an iPad as part of their daily learning.
“As students create and demonstrate their learning with an iPad, teachers and students work in tandem to create college- and career-minded individuals,” Brian Agnew, principal at Drayton Hall, said. "The integration of iPads has helped our teachers better personalize learning and make better use of classroom instructional time. Technology can’t replace a great teacher, but it can help amplify the great work our educators are already doing.”
Writing scores for the Drayton Hall students are 20 percent high than the state average - something teachers at the school attribute to the use of Apple creation apps, through which students can develop their own "books" about what they are learning.
R.B. Stall High School, where the poverty index for 2014 was 80.5 percent, has been a 1:1 iPad school for five years, meaning students are able to take their iPads home at night to study and help them with homework.
Via their iPads, students at the school can access learning sites and educational programs as well as resources from all over the world. They also are able to keep in contact with their teachers and peers.
In the past few years, R.B. Stall has seen a spike in both enrollment and graduation rates.
“We are honored to be recognized as an Apple Distinguished School," R.B. Stall principal Kim Wilson said. "It represents the hard work, innovation, inspiration and learning that is occurring at R.B. Stall High School. Our teachers are to be commended for their willingness to utilize 21st Century technology to enhance student achievement.”