P.O. BOX 2120




January 10, 2003




Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Third Annual Governors Innovative Technology in Education Awards


The Department of Education is pleased to announce the Third Annual Governors Innovative Technology in Education Awards, sponsored by America Online and the Virginia Department of Education. The purpose of the awards is to recognize teachers and library media specialists in Virginias public and private elementary, middle, and high schools who have developed the best methods for using technology in instruction. A recipient will be selected from each of the eight Superintendents Regional Study Groups to receive an unrestricted award of $2,500 from America Online.


To be eligible for the awards, 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 represent an instructors talents, proficiencies, and competency 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 his or her competency. A Blue Ribbon Panel appointed by Governor Mark Warner will evaluate the portfolios. A 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 reflected in 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 10-point scale,


The Governors Innovative Technology in Education Awards will be presented at a ceremony planned during the spring of 2003. Portfolios should be prepared according to the attached guidelines. Entrants should send two copies of their portfolios to Charlie Makela, school library media and technology specialist, Division of Instructional Media & Training, Virginia Department of Education P.O. Box 2120, Richmond VA 23218-2120, no later than March 21, 2003. 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 Governors Innovative Technology in Education Awards competition. Should you have questions regarding the awards, please contact Charlie Makela at (, or (804) 786-9412.