Hilliard State School named an Apple Distinguished School

RECOGNISED: Hilliard State School P&C President Amanda Egstorf, eLearning captains Hudson, Eden and Brayden and deputy principal Jason Meijboom.
RECOGNISED: Hilliard State School P&C President Amanda Egstorf, eLearning captains Hudson, Eden and Brayden and deputy principal Jason Meijboom.

AN ALEXANDRA Hills primary school has been recognised by tech giant Apple for its innovation in learning and teaching.

Hilliard State School has been named an Apple Distinguished School for 2019-2021 after first being recognised in 2015.

It joins Redlands College, which has a standing recognition for 2018-2020.

Apple Distinguished Schools are centres of leadership that demonstrate Apple's vision for learning with technology.

To be selected, schools must have a one-to-one iPad or Mac program and demonstrate innovative use of Apple apps and programs and faculty proficiency in the use of Apple products.

Hilliard State School deputy principal Jason Meijboom said the The iLearn@HilliardSS iPad Program afforded every student the opportunity to bring their iPad to school every day to support them with their learning.

"Our mission is to provide world class engaging and innovative learning opportunities to our students and accelerate SPEL - skillset, productivity, engagement and learning outcomes," he said.

"We are preparing our students to be creative, to be effective communicators and to be responsible global citizens.

"The iPad program strengthens links between home and school, giving parents the opportunity to see...what their child is learning at school and have relevant, timely, accurate and quality conversations around their child's learning and progress."

At Redlands College - which has been recognised as an Apple Distinguished School since 2011 - students completed an assignment about climate change which saw them using iPads to comunicate and collaborate with people in Kiribati, a small Pacific Island nation.

Students and teachers also share resources using the Classroom app, and Multi-Touch books and iTunes U courses are also used in the educational system.

The Apple Distinguished Schools program involves leadership events, expert engagement and collaboration between schools.