Friday, January 14, 2011

O'Neill Public School is named Apple Distinguished School

 More photos of the day can be found at:

O'Neill High School Receives Distinguished School Award
O’Neill, NE -- January, 06, 2011 – O’Neill High School is pleased to announce that it has been named an Apple Distinguished School for its successful implementation of its 24/7 Learning project.  The project provides a MacBook notebook computer to each student in grades 7-12 to enhance their learning.  Administration and staff have committed to utilizing technology to focus on the 21st century skills that today’s digital natives will need to be successful in the next stage of their lives. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for schools that have demonstrated the highest vision of a successful 21st century learning environment.  

Steve Brosz, O’Neill High School principal says, “Our school community has been deeply involved with the learning opportunities that the 1 to 1 initiative has presented.  We feel honored and rewarded at the same time to be one of the 52 schools in the nation honored with this distinction.  Our staff has worked hard to successfully implement new technology in their content areas.  Our students have responded with great efforts in their classrooms.” The selection of O’Neill High School as an Apple Distinguished School highlights its successes in enhancing and extending teaching and learning with thoughtful and innovative implementations of technology. 

“Putting the technology into students’ hands 24/7 has enabled them to be more creative in the ways they express their learning.  The student projects they have created are astounding,” commented Superintendent Amy Shane.  O’Neill students and staff also have access to iPod and iPad devices to further enhance their learning opportunities.  O’Neill High School is located in O’Neill, NE, a community of approximately 3,700, with a grade 7-12 population of 340 students.  Their 24/7 Learning Initiative got underway during the fall of 2007.  

 Celebration of Student Success!

(if YouTube is blocked, you can view the video here.)

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Recording of the Award Ceremony in its entirety.  (Courtesy of Mike Peterson)


Katie Morrow said...

To Amy Shane, staff and students,

A huge congratulations to you on becoming an Apple Distinguished School. As I read the article in the Norfolk Daily News, you are a true example of the Nebraska pioneering spirit to take on a challenge and succeed. You are an inspiration to schools throughout Nebraska.

Congratulations Again,

Jenni Topp
Board Member
Winside Public School

Corey Dahl said...

This is a a testament to the great things you are doing for your kids in O'Neill. All schools should look to mimic the atmosphere you've created. Congratulations to all who have helped make it happen!

Corey Dahl

Plainview, Nebraska Parent

Instructional Technology Facilitator, ESU 8 - Neligh