Apple Distinguished Educators

In 1994, Apple created the Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE) programme to recognise primary, secondary and higher education pioneers who are using Apple technology to transform teaching and learning. These are the educators who are looking to change the world. They are active leaders from around the world helping other educators rethink what’s possible with iPad and Mac to make learning deeply personal for every student.

The best educators are true innovators.

Trusted advisors

ADEs are experts on the realities of integrating technology into learning environments and they work closely with Apple to foster innovation in education.

Passionate advocates

ADEs share their expertise in using technology to help engage students in new ways with other educators around the globe.

Authentic authors

ADEs provide best practices and leadership in education through published lessons, courses, books and more.

Global ambassadors

ADEs work together to develop and promote powerful ideas for improving teaching and learning worldwide.

Meet our Apple Distinguished Educators.

Today, our global community of educational leaders models the ongoing pathway for professional learning through the desire to connect with peers around the world.

  • 2,584 ADEs Worldwide
  • 45 Countries
  • 973 The Americas
  • 946 Europe, Middle East, India, Africa
  • 665 Asia-Pacific

Learn from ADEs


ADEs regularly create and share Multi-Touch books developed with iBooks Author.

Explore books by ADEs


Access iTunes U courses published by ADEs in a variety of subject areas and languages.

Find courses by ADEs

Tuesday Twitter Chats

Meet ADEs, discuss ideas and build your global professional learning network.

Join #AppleEDUchat


See stories of great ADE classroom lessons, activities and materials in practice.

Get new ideas

Want to become an ADE?

If you’re ready to help raise the bar for what’s possible with teaching and learning, you can learn more about future applications in participating countries.

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