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May 8: Professor named Apple Distinguished Educator

Friday, May 8, 2015

FREDERICK, Md.—For bringing innovative technology and techniques to the classroom, a Hood College professor is being heralded as one of the most innovative educators in the world.

Heather Mitchell-Buck, assistant professor of English, has been named an Apple Distinguished Educator, a distinction that recognizes educators who integrate technology and their expertise into learning environments. Distinguished educators are education leaders recognized for being innovative with Apple technology in and out of the classroom, through the exploration of new ideas and opportunities, working with each other and with Apple. There are more than 2,000 ADEs worldwide who gather every year at ADE Institutes and education events around the world, as well as online in the ADE community, to collaborate on solutions to the global challenges facing education.

Mitchell-Buck uses technology, specifically the iPad, to challenge students to be more active in the learning experience by using digital and online resources such as e-books, apps, the college’s course management system, blogs and online class projects. She also encourages students to continue discussions outside class time using their devices. Her students enhance their work and research using the varied media available on their tablets, including images, sound, text and video.

Mitchell-Buck, who earned her bachelor’s degree in English at Rutgers University and a doctorate at Duke University, teaches courses that include: History of the English Language; Vampires in Folklore, Fiction, and Film; Utopian Thought in the Western World; Medieval Romance; Self and Society; and British Literature through the 18th Century.