Two members of the Ohio State community have been selected to join the Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) program class of 2013. Dr. Matthew Stolzfus of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Michael Hofherr, associate vice president for distance education and eLearning, have been invited to join the Apple community of educators because of their commitment to improving teaching and learning with educational technology. Stolzfus was chosen for the program because of his innovative use of technology to “flip the classroom” and to improve the overall student experience. Hofherr launched the Digital First initiative, which is transforming the educational experience at Ohio State through classroom redesign, wireless network development and the incorporation of digital course content and mobile technology into teaching, research and outreach.
Their election brings Ohio State’s ADE membership to four. Professor of Design Brian Stone was tapped in 2002, and Wayne Carlson, also a professor of design and vice provost for undergraduate studies and dean of undergraduate education, in 2005.
According to Dr. Carlson, “The value of being recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator, aside from the honor of the recognition itself, is that I became part of a world-wide network of educators, both university and high school levels, that are passionate about the role that technology can play in the movement of teaching and learning efforts to the new century. This group shares best practices, convenes at professional conferences, and provides advice on everything from how to engage legislators in discussions about emerging technology, to tips and hints about software products. We’ve even gotten together as a group from the region for a backyard cookout. Apple also has provided seed copies of software and membership in the Apple Developer Group so that we can see what’s on the horizon.”
The Apple Distinguished Educator program began in 1994, when Apple recognized K-12 and higher education pioneers using Apple products to transform teaching and learning. Today the program has grown into a worldwide community of some 2,000 educators and leaders recognized for their innovative uses of technology in and out of the classroom.