Sunday, June 24, 2018

An Overview of Apple Distinguished Schools

Matthew Murphy, an adjunct professor with Ramapo College in Mahwah, New Jersey, since 1999, joined the Ramsey Board of Education as school superintendent in 2013. In his role as superintendent, Matthew Murphy has helped to establish Ramsey as an Apple Distinguished District, among a number of additional accomplishments.

Apple Distinguished Schools have been recognized by the tech giant as hubs for educational innovation and leadership. Schools are particularly valued for their ability and willingness to integrate new technologies and approaches into established lesson plans to yield the best possible student results.

A facility is not, however, recognized as an Apple Distinguished School due to a single technology-based initiative or year-to-year improvement in student test scores. Instead, Apple seeks out schools that strive for continued exploration of educational possibilities. Distinguished Schools should be able to demonstrate a concise vision for how new processes will further support learning goals moving into the future.

Today, there are 400 Apple Distinguished Schools in 29 countries. The Apple Distinguished School program goes hand-in-hand with Apple Distinguished Educator distinction, and similar recognition is applied to school districts.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

An Introduction to ISTE Standards for Technology in Schools

Matthew Murphy has spent more than five years as superintendent of the Ramsey Board of Education in Ramsey, New Jersey. A career educator, Matthew Murphy is a member of several academic organizations, including the International Society for Technology in Education.

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a global organization of educators who believe in the power of technology as an educational tool. The ISTE has developed technological standards not only for educators, but for students, administrators, coaches, and other important members of the educational community as well.

ISTE standards for educators establish a minimum for technological literacy among educators, both in terms of teachers' ability to operate devices and how to integrate specific technologies into lesson plans. Administrators, meanwhile, have the responsibility of developing classroom environments and lesson plans that facilitate the widespread use of beneficial technologies.

Finally, ISTE standards for students describe not only the ways in which a student can benefit from technological support in the classroom, but the skill level students should reach in order to succeed at the next level and, ultimately, in the professional world. ISTE standards can be read in full at the ISTE website.