Petersen Named an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE)

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Jane Petersen, assistant director of instructional technology services at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, has been named an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE).

“I have been heavily involved in the visionary planning of UNK’s mobile technology initiative to transform the campus technology experience,” Petersen said, adding that
“This vision includes boosting wireless and classroom technology, providing faculty the opportunity to offer digital learning content and student collaboration, and to enhance the student experience from enrollment to graduation and beyond.”

Petersen was among approximately 90 from across the nation selected for the Class of 2013. The selection is based on an extensive application process.

“Apple technologies have helped in the transformation of leading our faculty to think beyond the classroom walls, encouraging them to reinvent themselves, their classes and their teaching by creating digital content giving students ways to learn better, and the total educational experience to go from good to great to amazing teaching and learning,” Petersen said. As an Apple Distinguished Educator, Petersen will be among a select few to attend an Apple-sponsored conference this summer.

Maxx Judd, worldwide program manager of the ADE program, said, “The ADE program began in 1994, when Apple recognized K-12 and higher education pioneers using a variety of Apple products to transform teaching and learning in powerful ways.

“Today, the ADE program has grown into a worldwide community of more than 2,000 visionary educators and innovative leaders who are doing amazing things with technology in and out of the classroom,” he said.

To learn more about the ADE program, go online at