Apple Celebrates 25 Years of the Apple Distinguished Educator Program with Dr. Carl Owens

Originally published at: https://tidbits.com/2020/07/27/apple-celebrates-25-years-of-the-apple-distinguished-educator-program-with-dr-carl-owens/

Apple’s Distinguished Educator program has hit the quarter-century mark, and the company noted the occasion by highlighting one of its first participants.

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I’m class of 2003. Never wondered how old the program itself was, but now I know I’m connected to it some 2/3rds of its existence :-). Being an ADE is a very useful and learning experience for yourself and your surroundings, that’s for sure.

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Hey, very cool, Paul. Can you tell us a bit more about what it’s like to be in the program? Does Apple provide you with sample hardware to build into your curriculum? Do you get a special license plate? :slight_smile:

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Hi Adam,

I got into the program when Apple was primarily focusing on media in lower education. My contribution was focusing on science apps in middle education by giving demo’s in physics, chemistry, biology and math. For some time it seemed as if I was the only one doing this. Today more ADE’s are on that track. Strangely, I rarely visited schools in The Netherlands, although I was on call, but I went mainly to Apple edu fairs around the EU to give presentations and demo’s. I like to think I made a small difference in helping Apple gaining traction in education.

These days Apple is like a slow but steadily moving steamroller, converting one school after another (as they advance in commerce too). Apple outfits are far more cost-effective than Wintel outfits and that is slowly winning the day.

Does Apple provide you with sample hardware

No, they don’t :frowning: . You have to buy your own stuff like everyone else. As I’m in education I do get some 5% off, like students also get. Of course some will be provided with gear by their school, but I prefer to make my own choices so I can be best prepared for what I want to show off.

Do you get a special license plate?

Those don’t exist in NL, nor in EU as far as I know :wink:

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Very cool. It sounds like this was more of a case of you helping Apple with demonstrations of its technology in education than Apple doing much for you. That’s not a problem—just interesting to see how these programs end up working.

Hi Adam,

Apple reasoned that they needed actual educators that were using Apple gear in their daily practice to show off the benefits for education of that Apple gear. So they set up the ADE program.

In The Netherlands, like everywhere else, most ADE’s are indeed teachers. We have two exceptions here that I know of. One is a surgeon at a university hospital who uses Apple gear for his daily work and his teaching activities. Then there is me, not a teacher but a tech assistant at a training institute for medical imaging and radio therapy.

The ADE activities are very well coached and coordinated by Apple nowadays, attracting new people to the program every year.

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