HARLOW College has been awarded Apple Distinguished School status.
The award is for the college’s enterprising approach to transforming learning, teaching and assessment by creating personalised curricula, developing digital confidence and investing in a five year plan to upskill all staff to be digitally competent.
Apple Distinguished Schools are centres of innovation, leadership and educational excellence that inspire creativity and collaboration and critical thinking with use of Apple products.
Karen Spencer, Principal of Harlow College, stated, ‘Harlow College is delighted to have been awarded Apple Distinguished School status. We are the only further education college in the UK to have this status in recognition of our innovative work to embed new technologies into learning and teaching. Our students showcased their work today for a team from Apple who were blown away with their talent and creativity. Very few organisations get the status, so it’s a real testament to everyone’s hard work and dedication for improving learning.’
All full-time 16-18 year old students, at the college have an iPad which is encouraged to use in any of the learning zones across the campus, designed to provide an insight into a professional working environment. In additional, Apple TVs are used around campus especially in Media to enhance learning experience whilst the iHub is another area where students can use VR programmes, work collaboratively with their iPads or use interactive touch tables.
Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow, commented, ‘I am so proud that Harlow has one of the best Colleges in England. It is a College that is building Harlow’s skills, manufacturing and technology for the 21st Century. It is because of these reasons that it has been recognised by Apple. I pay tribute to all the staff and students for this brilliant achievement.’
Also available now is the Harlow College’s Apple iBook which is currently available to download here: www.harlow-college.ac.uk/ibook.
Feature image of students with sign, credit: Paul Wood.