Educators Receive Governors Innovative
Governor Mark Warner today honored nine teachers at the Fifth Annual Governors Innovative Technology In Education Awards during a ceremony and luncheon in Richmond. The awards, sponsored by America Online, Inc. (AOL) in conjunction with the Governor and the Virginia Department of Education (DOE), recognize educators who have improved instruction through the innovative use of technology.
The winners are:
In our knowledge-based economy, technology and education are critically linked to our future prosperity, Governor Warner said. These educators understand the power of technology as a tool to enhance learning and they are putting it to work in the classroom."Technology is an integral part of instruction in today's learning environment and AOL is always striving to help teachers and students make the best use of online resources in education," said Rich D'Amato, vice president of AOL Community Investment. "We are happy to have worked with Governor Warner and the Commonwealth of Virginia to encourage the innovative use of technology in the classroom and get students excited about learning."
Entrants were asked to submit a technology portfolio of classroom work samples representing proficiencies, competencies, and talents in the use of educational technology and media. The portfolios were judged on technology skills, curriculum integration, research, communication, teaching/learning styles, motivation, evaluation, and peer coaching. A winner was selected from each of the DOEs eight administrative regions and one from the private-school sector. Each winner received an unrestricted award of $2,500 as well as 2 years of Internet service from AOL.
Governor Warner appointed a Blue Ribbon Panel to evaluate the technology portfolios that were submitted for the competition. Panel members were Cindy Charlton, education specialist with the Community Idea Stations (Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation); Pat Johnson, instructional technology coordinator with Wise County Public Schools; Fred Scott, instructional technology integration manager with Chesterfield County Public Schools; Jill Woolley Stafford, instructional technologist with Prince William County Public Schools; Linda Townsend, instructional technology design specialist for the National Institute for Technology Policy and Research; Dr. John Wenrich, associate director of the Institute for Connecting Sciences Research to the Classroom program at Virginia Tech; and Scott Willett, account executive for Dell Computers.