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Mercer Professor Named Apple Distinguished Educator

July 12, 2011

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McDONOUGH – Tift College of Education assistant professor Dr. Jabari Cain was recently selected by Apple for its prestigious Distinguished Educator program. He is one of only 76 members around the country selected in this year’s class. Dr. Cain was noted for his innovative hands-on projects with Apple iPads, digital videos and

Dr. Jabari Cain works with education students using a Tift College of Education iPad.
Dr. Jabari Cain works with education students using a Tift College of Education iPad.
Web 2.0 resources in the classroom.

Dr. Cain is the only collegiate faculty member from the state of Georgia to be selected for this program. He will join the other selected members and work with Apple educators to create the new generation of products for education. As part of the program, Dr. Cain will attend the ADE Summer Institute July 17-22 in Phoenix, Ariz., at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

“We are extremely proud of Dr. Cain’s selection. He is an innovative professor and this national recognition is well deserved,” said Dr. Catherine Gardner, professor and chair of teacher education programs in the Atlanta-area Regional Academic Centers. “He stays abreast of current technology and how technology can improve student learning. He will bring back to Mercer knowledge of the latest and future technological Apple products. His vast knowledge of technology, coupled with his ability to have an open mind as to what the future holds for educational technology, will make him a leader in this program.”

Dr. Cain hopes the opportunity to learn from his fellow classmates in the program, many of whom are teachers, will advance his knowledge while helping the field of teacher education and his teaching at Mercer.

“I would like to add the perspective of those in higher education by way of research and educational technology,” Dr. Cain said. “I believe there can be many gains in this field and I am extremely excited for the things to come. The best benefit is that I can transfer this knowledge to my students at Mercer and better prepare them for their classrooms.”

To watch Dr. Cain’s video application explaining his use of technology in the classroom, visit

About the Apple Distinguished Educators Program:
The Apple Distinguished Educator Program began in 1994, when Apple recognized K-12 and higher education pioneers who are using a variety of Apple products to transform teaching and learning in powerful ways. Today it has grown into a worldwide community of more 1,700 educators and innovative leaders who are using technology in and out of the classroom.

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,200 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at four regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is affiliated with two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit
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