COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120


SUPTS. MEMO NO. 180
September 29, 2000

INFORMATIONAL
 
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Governor Proclaims October as Computer/Technology Learning Month in Virginia 

Governor Gilmore has issued a Certificate of Recognition for Computer/Technology Learning Month in Virginia. This is a national and state event to make educators, business leaders, and parents more aware of educational technology. Through the support of all sectors of our communities, we can expand the understanding and application of computer-based technologies in education.

Since 1988, October has been the national month to recognize educational technology and its potential. Many Virginia schools have entered and won nationally sponsored Computer Learning Month contests. The focus of this yearís national program is on exploring the potential of student learning through the use of student-produced curriculum projects with desktop movies.

A second theme is "Teachers Teaching Teachers" through lesson plans and training materials contests. The national contests will honor teachers across the country. You are encouraged to nominate your exceptional educators for the new national Computer Learning Hall of Fame.

To learn more about the Computer Learning Hall of Fame and the student video creation contests, refer to the booklet Computer Learning 2001. An online version of this booklet is on the Department of Education's website - the Technology page under Current - "Computer Learning Month" - http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Technology/CL2001.pdf.

A copy of this booklet was sent to each school division instructional technology coordinator and building principal.

The booklet includes an article by Dr. Merle Marsh on effective technology staff development - "Teachers Teaching Teachers." In addition, the booklet identifies resources for technology planning and integrating technology into the curriculum.

Computer Learning Month national activities are sponsored by the nonprofit Computer Learning Foundation. For additional information, refer to Web page http://www.computerlearning.org.

An electronic copy of the Governorís Certificate of Recognition has been sent to the instructional technology coordinator of each school division. Please use this as needed to support your division-level celebration of Computer/Technology Learning Month. Best wishes to you, your students, and teachers in national competitions.

For additional information, please contact Joyce Faye White, instructional technology specialist, Virginia Department of Education, mailto:jwhite@mail.vak12ed.edu or 804/225-2958.

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