M.Ed. Alumnus Recognized as Apple Distinguished Educator

Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) alumnus, Federico ‘Fredy’ Padovan (’12), was recognized as a 2013 Apple Distinguished Educator. The Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) Program began in 1994, when Apple recognized K-12 and higher education pioneers who were using a variety of Apple products to transform teaching and learning in powerful ways. Today it has grown into a worldwide community of over 2,000 visionary educators and innovative leaders who are doing amazing things with technology in and out of the classroom. Padovan is one of sixty in the United States and one of two in the state of Florida to receive the recognition this year.

Padovan is the executive director of development and technology at Immaculata-La Salle High School, in Miami, Fla. In this role, Padovan ensures timely professional development for the teachers and students, while maximizing the use of technology devices across the curriculum. In addition, Padovan is the visionary behind the school’s 1:1 iPad program and iLearn@ILS, which also were recognized as one of 200 in the world as an Apple Distinguished Program.

Recently, he published a white paper titled “iPads Support 21st Century Curriculum,” which can be found on iBookstore. This summer he has plans to begin an iTeach Academy to train teachers on the use of iPads in the classroom. He works with many schools around Florida as they develop their iPad 1:1 programs and has spoken at many national conferences on the topic of educational technology. He also is applying for doctorate programs in educational technology for the fall and is considering a second master’s degree in educational leadership.


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