Every other year Apple selects 75 teachers in North America to become Apple Distinguished Educators. However, it is not the title people seek. It’s the opportunity to network, collaborate, and create new projects with other inspiring educators all of whom have a passion for innovating in their classrooms. This year I decided to put myself out there and try to be one of those selected to collaborate and learn together this summer in Austin, Texas. Whether I am selected or not, the application process was a phenomenal exercise in self-reflection. As a part of the application I had to write four essays on the following topics:
- How have you as an educator transformed your learning environment?
- Illustrate how Apple technologies have helped in this transformation.
- What successes have you seen with your learners?
- How do you share these successes to influence the broader education community?
In addition, I had to use those same questions to create a two minute video. Here is my video:
Applications were due on January 15, 2013 and now is perhaps the hardest part. The wait.
Unfortunately, I was not accepted as a 2013 Apple Distinguished Educator. I stand by my earlier comment that creating the video and the application was a wonderful exercise in self-reflection. Perhaps I will apply again, but for now I will continue to innovate with my students and blog about my classroom adventures. Best wishes for the class of 2013 Apple Distinguished Educators!