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Lori Roberts, an educational technology specialist for Goose Creek CISD, prepares to share her App of the Month Challenge with educators from the district’s high schools.
Roberts Named Apple Distinguished Educator
By: Susan Passmore
Learn, Grow and Share are three words that drive Lori Roberts every single day, and it is her commitment to these goals that has earned her the title of Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE). Roberts, an educational technology specialist for Goose Creek CISD, joins 549 other ADEs throughout the world who received this title after submitting videos showing their extensive work with technology. Check out her video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_E=66&v=FUQz1W6klUc.
Earlier this month, Apple made the following announcement: “Apple is pleased to welcome Lori Roberts to the Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE) Class of 2019. In 1994, Apple created the ADE Program to recognize K-12 and higher education pioneers who are using Apple technology to transform teaching and learning in powerful ways. Celebrating 25 years, the program has grown into a worldwide community of over 2,800 visionary and innovative leaders in education, helping other educators rethink what’s possible with iPad and Mac. Learn more about the contributions of ADEs worldwide at https://www.apple.com/education/ade/.”
As an ADE, Roberts will serve as an author, advisor, ambassador and advocate for what’s possible in technology. In June, she will attend a week-long training in Bethesda, Md., that showcases the use of Apple technology in classrooms. Other ADEs from The Americas group, including those from Brazil, Mexico, Canada and the United States, will attend, and she has already connected with a teacher from Lubbock – through technology, of course – who will meet up with her at the conference.
Roberts works with students and staff at Robert E. Lee High School, an Apple Distinguished School; Goose Creek Memorial; Ross S. Sterling; IMPACT Early College and Stuart Career Tech high schools as well as Peter E. Hyland Center. She shares strategies for integrating iPads in the classroom by taking lessons that would have been pen-and-paper assignments and adapting them so that students actually create a product.
“It’s a joy for me, since I love technology and I love teaching and sharing. I like to see the students’ faces light up when they are creating something that not just the teacher will see,” Roberts said.
Roberts admits that she stepped outside her comfort level by leaving the classroom seven years ago and moving from another district into her current position, but she’s obviously quite at home with her decision as evidenced by her innovative and unique training sessions, Email Tech Tips, App of the Month Challenge and the Digital Badge Program, which rewards teachers for using technology. Through one-on-one and group training sessions, she encourages teachers to implement Apple Clips to replace written lab reports, Garageband to create podcasts instead of research papers and Book Creator to publish student work.
“Lori is the perfect combination of energy, dedication, skill and reliability. Her enthusiasm and commitment to providing the students of Goose Creek with the technology skills needed for the 21st century is an asset to our community,” said Steve Koester, director of educational technology.
Roberts’ desire to learn, grow and share often takes her outside the district, physically and virtually.
“I continue to reach beyond my district by sharing on Twitter at @EdTechLori and through multiple presentations at conferences, including Local Apple teacher events, the TCEA annual convention, Setting the Trend Librarian Conference and more,” Roberts said.
Congratulations to Lori Roberts, Goose Creek CISD’s Apple Distinguished Educator!
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