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Jackson State University named Apple Distinguished School

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Jackson State University has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2013-15 for its unique implementation of Apple technology in the classroom, the campus, living spaces and green spaces. The award was given during a ceremony Monday at the university.

The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate Apple's vision of exemplary learning environments.

“This an exciting venture for us and an opportunity,” said JSU President Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers. “Through incorporation of technology into the curriculum, Jackson State University is transforming its learning environment to empower innovative teaching while fostering student creativity.”

In the fall of 2012, JSU started its CyberLearning Strategy. Through a partnership with the Mississippi eCenter@JSU, the Technology Advantage Scholarship Initiative provided all first-time, full-time freshman entering JSU with iPads.

As a result of its cyberlearning initiative, textbook costs for students will be reduced by more than 90 percent through the development of new course materials, according to Apple Distinguished Professor Dr. Robert Blaine, special assistant to the provost for cyberlearning.

Traditional published texts, with an average cost of $200, will be replaced with digital content published by JSU, which will be sold to students for $9.99 — which also will bring in revenue to the university. Some 70 percent of the revenue will return to the colleges through sales on the iBookstore.

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