Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Apple Distinguished School

Frank H. Harrison Middle School

Yarmouth High School and the Frank H. Harrison Middle School have been named Apple Distinguished Schools for their work in integrating technology in every classroom chiefly through the use of Apple MacBook computers.

Harrison Middle School began its laptop program in the fall of 2002 with seventh graders and then continued with both seventh and eighth grades the following year.  Since that time, all students in seventh and eighth grade are assigned a school laptop computer to use at school and at home.
Yarmouth High School began its laptop program in 2004 and added one grade at a time until all four grades had computers for use at school and home. 

The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for schools that are recognized 
centers of educational excellence and leadership.

“The laptop program using Apple MacBook computers has had a profound impact on 
teaching and learning at Yarmouth High School,” said Ted Hall, Yarmouth High School 
Principal.  “Our teachers have embraced the use of the computers and continue to 
develop innovative student-centered learning that engages students at a high level.”  
Bruce Brann, Harrison Middle School Principal, said “Since the very beginning of the 
laptop initiative students and staff embraced it as a tool for teaching and learning.” 
The selection of Yarmouth High School and Harrison Middle School as Apple 
Distinguished Schools highlights their successes in enhancing and extending teaching 
and learning with thoughtful and innovative implementations of technology. 
Representatives from Apple were present at the February 9, 2012 School Committee 
to present this award to representatives from both schools.
Of note, this is the fifth consecutive year that the Frank H. Harrison Middle School has been selected as an Apple Distinguished School.

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