Hood College is leading the pack again! The College was recently named an Apple Distinguished School for 2014-2016 for its innovative use of iPads and the application of technology in nearly every discipline.
So how did this come about? When Apple first introduced the iPad, Hood administrators, faculty and students quickly realized that this new technology had the potential to change the academic landscape. Hood wasted little time in launching a two-year pilot program; incoming first-year undergraduate students and a few faculty members explored the ways the iPad could benefit teaching and learning.
The program’s success led to its expansion and the iPad has been embraced campus wide; iPads are now distributed to every undergraduate student and faculty member. Since the end of the trial period, the iPad has been an integral part of daily learning in and outside of the classroom. 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.
Thanks to generous funding from an alumna and a foundation, and the vision of the campus community, Hood is in the forefront of innovative learning!