At Morristown Beard School, we are discovering that constructing curriculum in the Digital Age is a complex process that both demands and elicits creativity. From our formal digital courses to the Humanities curriculum, the challenge and focus is to harness these incredibly powerful tools within the fabric of our academic day. As educators, we are committed to helping students thrive in today’s information-rich culture by using technology effectively. Simply being “tech-savvy” isn’t enough – students need to develop as capable and responsible users, information seekers, problem solvers, and decision makers.
Home to 3D printers, a CNC machine, and professional grade audio, video, and design studios.
An extraordinary display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six-foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe.
iMac labs equipped with the full Adobe Suite.
All Faculty, Staff, and Students use the Google Workspace for Education tools for all school work including Gmail and Google Classroom for communication.
Students gain real world experience as a designer and a client
James Gordon '21 and Katie Sengle '21 discuss their research
Student musicians record in the Center for Innovation & Design
Students create illustrations of the things that make them happy
Robert Scrivo '21 takes Independent Study in Electronic Dance Music
Morristown Beard School was one of the first schools in the country to adopt the iPad, in 2010.
We are continuing to find new and exciting ways to use the iPad which is why all students, from grade 6-12, are required to have one.
The iPad provides a hands-on learning experience for students that allows them to interact with class material in a completely different way. For instance, in Anatomy and Physiology, students can view the skeletal system in 3D using an AR (augmented reality) app, while in Foundations: Digital, they can harness their creativity within a digital drawing app.
Taking advantage of the combination of the iPad and Apple Pencil, many of our classes are paperless, and others use the iPad to expand the scope and nature of student projects.
Teachers integrate technology as a learning tool to help students develop their skills and cognitive abilities that will serve them well beyond their MBS classroom.
The newest iteration of the iPad, the iPad Pro, has revolutionized the way students use it in the classroom across all subjects. Teachers and students have adapted and improved their workflows and portfolios of work. MBS Graphic Design and Digital Illustration students have used it as their primary device since 2017 for creating their pieces. The quality of the student’s work shows a remarkable difference. The addition of the Apple Pencil has made a huge impact in the classroom because of it’s pixel-perfect precision, pressure sensitivity, and support for palm rejection. Students use it to draw, take notes, and mark up documents.
I almost exclusively work through notes with my students using the iPad. The Notability app allows me to easily write in different colors, highlight, and draw clean diagrams. This makes for clearer graphs than if I tried to freehand on the board. When we are discussing a problem, I can easily pass my iPad and Apple pencil to a student so they are able to have their work projected. I can then upload the work we did and share it via Google Classroom so students can access it at a later date.
Upper School Math Teacher
The Apple Pencil and iPad Pro combination is a game changer for teaching. Being able to write digital notes and project them in front of the class essentially mimics using a traditional chalkboard or whiteboard, with the added benefits that one can easily put in pictures, graphs and diagrams pulled from other resources. That you can then save the file at the end of a class is also very helpful (both for keeping records of what was taught and to give to students to use if they missed a class).
Dr. Chris Payette