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

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 10
January 26, 2001

INFORMATIONAL
 
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Governor's Innovative Technology in Education Award

The Department of Education is pleased to announce the Governorís Innovative Technology in Education Award, sponsored by America Online and the Virginia Department of Education. The purpose of the award is to recognize teachers and library media specialists in Virginiaís public and private elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools who have developed the best methods for using technology in instruction. A recipient will be selected from each of the eight Superintendentís Regional Study Groups to receive an unrestricted award of $1,000 from America Online.

To be eligible for the award, entrants must create a technology portfolio that represents innovative uses of technology in the classroom. Employees and immediate family members of America Online, including parents, subsidiaries and affiliates, and others living in their households are not eligible.

A technology portfolio is a collection of classroom work samples that are representative of an instructorís talents, proficiencies, and competency level in the use of educational technology and media. It is a subjective document and the entrant has broad latitude in selecting and submitting documentation of their competency level. To be eligible for the award, entrants must create a technology portfolio that represents innovative uses of technology in teaching and learning. A Blue Ribbon Panel appointed by Governor James Gilmore will evaluate the portfolios. The portfolio may consist of a lesson plan, website, video, or an electronic presentation. Each portfolio will be judged on the basis of the competency level of each of the following indicators: Technology Skills, Curriculum Integration, Research, Communication, Teaching/Learning Styles, Motivation, Evaluation, and Peer Coaching. A set of rubrics has been developed to rate each indicator on a four-point scale.

The Governorís Innovative Technology in Education Award will be presented at a ceremony planned for early spring 2001. Portfolios should be prepared according to the attached guidelines. Entrants should send two copies of their portfolios to Gloria K. Barber, director, Division of Instructional Media & Training, Virginia Department of Education P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, VA 23218-2120, no later than Friday, March 16, 2001. Recipients will be notified upon receipt of their portfolios. The portfolios will be returned at the conclusion of the selection process.

We hope that teachers and library media specialists from your school division will submit their portfolios in the Governorís Innovative Technology in Education Awards competition. Should you have questions regarding Governorís Innovative Technology in Education Awards, please contact Gloria Barber at(mailto:gbarber@mail.vak12ed.edu), director of instructional media & training or (804) 225-4429.

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