RISD’s Math Science Technology Magnet is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2022-2025 for its STEM integration, innovative practices, and authentic technology experiences.
Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership and educational excellence. They use Apple technology to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking in learning, teaching, and the school environment, and have documented academic outcomes.
“We are thrilled for the students, families and the entire MST community to have earned this national honor,” said RISD Superintendent Tabitha Branum. “Congratulations to MST teachers, Dr. Bolack and his team – this recognition is validation of their commitment to every child, every day.”
“At MST, we make the continued growth and development of every student a priority,” said MST Magnet Director Dr. Lauren Bolack. “The MST culture is one where staff and students feel comfortable failing and revising to try again, which is evident in classrooms every day as students are pushed out of their comfort zone. MST Magnet’s selection as an Apple Distinguished School underscores our success in providing an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic achievement.
Each MST Magnet student uses their assigned iPad to access apps and technology blended into different parts of the K-6 curriculum, and used by trained teachers to thoughtfully integrate technology into the learning experience. learning. MST students have the opportunity to express themselves and decide how and where they learn. After learning new concepts, students select the best tools and apps to apply their learning, such as iMovie, Clips, Pages, Keynote, GarageBand, Numbers, and AR Makr. Students can often be found gathered in hallways, check-in booths, and in the garden as they collaborate on their learning tasks.
Students learn and are encouraged to use technology responsibly as a learning tool, with special attention from teachers to balance digital learning with effective traditional methods.
Math, Science Technology Magnet School is an A-rated K-6 elementary school in Richardson ISD, open to all families in the school district. Qualified and experienced MST educators teach the Texas curriculum in an engaging and innovative way through hands-on activities and responsible use of technology. More information about MST Magnet and the RISD Magnet School process is available at www.risd.org.