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e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 12/10/13
Baxter and Spinks smile with Nicholas as she hands them their MacBook Pro boxes.
 

ABOVE: Kristin Baxter (left), assistant professor of art, and Kirsli Spinks (center), visiting designer-in-residence, stopped by to receive their MacBook Pros and iPads last week. Nearly 140 pieces of Apple equipment were distributed to full-time faculty Dec. 6. Also pictured is Lauren Nicholas, user support analyst. (Photos courtesy of Lauren Nicholas)

 
 

Moravian’s All-MacBook Pro, iPad Campus Becoming a Reality

Full-time Faculty Received Apple Equipment Last Week, Begin Training Dec. 11

On the heels of last week’s distribution of MacBook Pros and iPads to all full-time faculty members – nearly 140 pieces of Apple equipment in all – Moravian College takes another large step toward becoming an All-MacBook Pro, iPad campus by hosting an Apple-certified training session on campus Wednesday, Dec. 11.

According to Scott Hughes, chief information officer, the College will host an Apple “Drop In Session,” where Apple Certified Trainers teach faculty “MacBook Essentials 101 and 102.” After evaluating the faculty’s collective aptitude with Apple products and features earlier this semester, the College determined that “75 percent of the faculty are ‘newbies’ to the Apple platform,” said Hughes. Wednesday’s instruction will be the first of nine sessions of MacBook Essentials 101, preparing faculty for more in-depth, subject-specific instruction next year.

“These sessions are about bringing the faculty up to a certain standard because for the faculty workshops in May, when we will conduct the curriculum-specific training, we will get into some pretty heavy duty stuff,” Hughes said. “They will need to have an aptitude in the Mac operating system and Mac hardware platform for the iPad and the MacBook to survive the curriculum-based training.”

According to Hughes, the Apple Certified Trainers are Apple employees who have extensive experience in higher education – many current or one-time college employees – and will offer great insight into utilizing the Mac programs and features in a classroom setting. When curriculum-specific training begins in the late spring, Moravian faculty will receive training from instructors in their respective disciplines and fields.

President Grigsby smiles while holding an iPad. Shosh and Modjadidi smile while holding up their Apple boxes.

ABOVE: President Bryon Grigsby '90 was in the holiday spirit – complete with a festive hat – when he dropped by the MacBook Pro and iPads distribution event last week.

ABOVE: Upon receiving their new Apple products, Joseph Shosh, chair of the Education Department, and Camie Modjadidi, director of field experience, were all smiles.

Counting full-time faculty and early adopters, Moravian has distributed nearly 250 MacBook Pros and iPads this semester. While Hughes said he doesn’t have an accurate read on the faculty’s level of excitement to the new products, there was visible enthusiasm from faculty members during the Dec. 6 distribution of Apple products. He added, “The faculty response goes from absolute sheer terror to irrational exuberance,” depending on how familiar an individual is with Apple products.

Kristin Baxter, assistant professor of art, explained her feelings are definitely the latter. “I'm excited about learning ways to use the iPad in my classroom because I think there are many ways to use technology to improve connectivity among students and the world! ” she said, noting she’s been a MacBook user for several years. “My students are future art educators so this is deeply important. I also really want to learn more about ways to make images on iPads, tour museums using apps, and share lesson ideas.”

Because mobile devices are such an integral part of children’s lives, Baxter looks forward to investigating how to best prepare her K-12 art teaches to use technology wisely and strategically. This poses a lot of questions, she explained. “How do we sift through the "gimmicks" and really use technology in a deeply meaningful way?” Baxter asked. “How can I guide my future art educators to balance the use of crayons, paste, scissors, clay, and paint, with technology in their K-12 classrooms? A solid art education needs all of it, but how do we use all of these materials and resources to best support child and adolescent artistic development? Wow! Lots to do!”

Overall, Hughes called the response from alumni regarding the MacBook Pro and iPad campus favorable. “I’ve implemented this at two different places, and I usually hear, ‘why didn’t you do this when I was a student?” explained Hughes. “But here at Moravian, it has been a different response. The response from alumni has been quite positive.”

It has been a busy semester for Hughes and the College, having previously migrated the institution’s email services and online storage to Google.


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