FREDERICK, Md.—Hood College was recently recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2014-2016 for its innovative use of iPads and the application of technology in classrooms across nearly every discipline.
The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.
In 2011 Hood launched a two-year trial program to explore the ways technology could benefit teaching and learning. Initially piloted by first-year students and some faculty members with funds donated by an alumna, the program's success has made the iPad at Hood an integral part of daily learning in and outside of the classrooms. For the past two years, with funding from a foundation, iPads have been distributed to every undergraduate student and faculty member.
The iPad has been embraced campus wide. From education professors demonstrating how to help children master reading skills to calculus students determining the velocity of a raindrop to business majors learning the intricacies of social media to English faculty demonstrating the structure and musicality of a sonnet, the iPad has transformed how faculty in every discipline teach and how students read their textbooks, solve problems, work together and learn.