Technology in Learning Together (TILT) iPad Program
SCS is TILTing the scales to become an Apple Distinguished School. This designation aligns with our goal to inspire student creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking skills through the use of technology in the classroom. Technology in Learning Together assigns each student an iPad meant to enhance their learning experience both in and out of the classroom.
PreK to 2nd grade have devices for small group and whole class use. Each student is assigned a specific iPad and they are sent home periodically for reinforcement. 3rd-8th grade iPad devices are used throughout the year both in class and off campus. All devices are provisioned with numerous apps, digital textbooks, and online subscriptions to enhance the student learning environment, including CIPA compliant filtered Internet access.
Additional information about our TILT iPad program can be found in the Parent-Student Handbook and iPad Responsible Use Policy & Agreement posted on PlusPortals.
Apple Distinguished Schools & Apple Teachers
St. Coleman School started a new accreditation cycle in 2019. One of the goals we set for ourselves is to become an Apple Distinguished School within this next self-improvement cycle. Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of leadership and educational excellence that demonstrate a technology-rich vision for learning. They support and inspire student creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking while cultivating environments in which students are excited and curious about learning.
In July 2022, there were 689 schools in 36 countries with the distinction of being named Apple Distinguished Schools. Fourteen of these schools are in Florida and five are Archdiocese of Miami schools: Archbishop McCarthy High School, Cardinal Gibbons High School, Immaculata-LaSalle High School, St. Anthony School, and St. Mark the Evangelist School. St. Coleman submitted our application this summer and would like to be the next ADoM elementary school to earn this distinction.
Along with an established one-to-one program for our students and faculty, another early step in this process was for our teachers to earn Apple Teacher certification by completing a course of online modules through Apple Education. We challenged our faculty to reach this goal before the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year – they met the challenge before Easter vacation!
Current challenges have included moving from iPad carts in the primary classrooms to 1:1 devices and virtual learning for everyone almost overnight when the pandemic drastically changed education in March 2020. SCS was ready and our Livestreamers were able to interact with their teachers and classmates at school using an iPad from home!
"Our faculty worked hard to earn Apple Teacher Certification. A drawing was held for teachers that completed their certificate before Easter vacation and Mrs. Deleuze won the jar filled with gift cards and other goodies!"