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A Pasco County School is recognized by Apple for a second time for innovation in technology

November 25, 2013

Pasco County is leading the way once again in training Tampa Bay's future workforce. Wiregrass Ranch High School has received the Apple Distinguished School designation for the second time in a row. Apple recognizes a select class of institutions nationwide as exemplary learning environments and centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence. Wiregrass Ranch was an educational pioneer in allowing students to bring their own computers, smart phones, tablets, and iPods to school to use as instructional tools and enhance learning.  This concept, known as "BYOD" or Bring Your Own Devices, has been a model for other schools throughout the district, state, and nation and has been featured in professional journals, newspapers, and broadcast media. Currently, WRHS has more than 2,100 students and is continuing to expand its model iPad initiative program in which students receive iPads in place of textbooks. Interaction between students and teachers at Wiregrass is managed through an education social media platform, and technology is woven throughout every facet of learning. Wiregrass Ranch’s state rated "A" grade reinforces the fact that incorporating technology intellectually engages students and enhances college and career readiness skills among all students. Wiregrass Ranch High School strives to advance this mission, ensuring that all students are prepared for future success in work and life. Wiregrass isn't the only Pasco County School to be recognized for its innovation this year.  Recently Sunlake High School was featured in a tweet by the CEO of for its use of social media to change the culture of its school.  
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