Mercy High School named Apple Distinguished School
Farmington Hills, MI October 17, 2017 - Mercy High School is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2017 - 2019 for our integration of technology across the curriculum and school life.
Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence that use Apple products to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and the school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishment.
The selection of Mercy High School as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment. Mercy has been an Apple Distinguished School since 2013.
All Mercy teachers are Apple Teacher certified and each one is supplied with iPad and MacBook Air. Classrooms are equipped with Apple TVs and many teachers utilize Apple Classroom. All students utilize iPad and in their freshwoman year take a Design Foundations course where they learn multimedia skills in digital photography, video, animation, web design and slide presentations. Mercy also hosts an annual Tech Talk Conference for Educators, has a Mobile APP, iMercy Multi-Touch book, Podcasts featuring Alumnae, various courses available on iTunes U, three computer labs, a Digital MakerSpace Room and offers a coding course.
“At Mercy, we use technology with the intent to lead, inspire, create and communicate. Students powerfully take ownership of their learning through innovative tools that enable collaboration with teachers, peers and other community members. This seamless infusion of technology embodies best educational practices and contributes to the academic success of our students.” – Patricia Sattler, Principal
Paperless workflow and grading prevails at Mercy. Students collaborate and edit each other’s work using text, video, and audio applications. Most instructional resources are available through the learning management system Schoology, which also provides integration with apps like Powerschool and Google Drive.
At Mercy, young women have the opportunity to be technology teachers and program innovators through the iPad student tech team called the iWizards and the Riveters First Robotics Team. The iWizards conducted iPad orientation for all new students and created an iTunes U course of iPad Tips & Tricks to provide training and resources to the Mercy school community. They are currently advancing a new global collaboration project at “The International Student Tech Team Hub.”
Mercy’s technology vision and goals are to assist students in becoming adept communicators, promote global citizenship, support collaborative learning, cultivate critical thinking and develop safe, responsible digital habits.
“We are pleased to be recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for the third time. The dedication of faculty and staff to the integration of technology into daily learning across grade and subject areas is instrumental in maintaining Mercy’s status as a national leader in educational technology.” – Dr. Cheryl Kreger, President
About Mercy High School
Mercy High School, a Catholic college preparatory school immersed in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, educates and inspires young women of diverse backgrounds to lead and serve with compassion. Mercy is proud to educate women who make a difference from over 70 metropolitan Detroit communities since 1945. Visit mhsmi.org for more information. Mercy High School is located at 29300 W. 11 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48336.