When I think about professional development, I don’t think there is any conference or program I would want to be involved in more than the Apple Distinguished Educator Program. Put on by the makers of our beloved iPads and iPhones, this community accepts innovative educators to be a part of a cohort of professionals who are on the cutting edge of educational technology use.
When a class is accepted, as it will be in 2015 for the first time since 2013, educators must apply to get that coveted ticket to the ADE conference, which not only brings together this amazing group of educators, but also amazing presenters, speakers, media specialists, and more.
The last class was accepted shortly after we embarked on our 1:1 iPad program, and thus I have been waiting patiently for two years for the program to open up again. When I received the email about a month ago, I feverishly started working on my application. The application includes a written portion, in which you must respond to these four questions:
- 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?
While I wasn’t super enthused with how my written responses came together, I really enjoyed working on (and was happier with the outcome of) the video portion of the application. You must submit a two-minute video that illustrates your technology use. Not only was it fun to tell a story, but it was also a good excuse to learn how to use Final Cut Pro, which I’ve been curious about for a while (thank you Apple for the 30-day free trial!).
Check out my video below. I’ve seen a few application videos around the internet, and many of them seemed similar, in that they summarized all the tech that the applicant used in their setting. I really wanted to go a different way and show how Apple technology could impact the learning in one specific case. Of course I tried to focus on the technology, but also the narrative of the video.
Given how many people want to be a part of this program and how tough the competition is, I won’t get my hopes up. But, I’m definitely looking forward to the (even small) possibility of being involved in this amazing experience. I don’t know when people will be notified of their acceptance, but I am hoping sometime by the end of March. The conference for the Asian region is in August in Singapore. I’ll keep my fingers crossed!