Apple Distinguished Educators

In 1995, Apple created the Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE) program to recognize K–12 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, podcasts, 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.

2,947ADEs Worldwide
1,144The Americas
969Europe, Middle East, India, Africa

Learn from ADEs


ADEs regularly create and share digital books created with Pages.

Explore books by ADEs


ADEs provide inspiration for projects and share real lessons examples for all teachers to use. See stories, activities, and materials in practice.


Join global ADEs, Apple Teachers, and educators for live Tuesday Twitter Chats to discuss ideas and build your global professional learning network. Follow ADEs from around the world to see their creative projects, videos, and lesson ideas.

Want to become an ADE?

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

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Apple Teacher

Apple Teacher is a free professional learning program designed to support and celebrate educators in using Apple products for teaching and learning.

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