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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
ISTE awards Amanda Marrinan with 2011 Kay L. Bitter Vision Award
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) recognizes Amanda Marrinan as the winner of the Kay L. Bitter Vision Award for Excellence in Technology-based PK–2 Education. ISTE presents the award to early childhood educators, pre-kindergarten through second grade, who demonstrate vision and creativity in a project or program that effectively integrates technology in the classroom.
Amanda Marrinan is a Year Two Teacher at St John Vianney’s Primary School in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Marrinan has effectively used blogging in early education to engage her students and enable them to become effective communicators. Students have taken ownership in the 2M Gems class blog by writing, collaborating, reading, and commenting on the class blog, as well as on individual blogs. The class participation in blogging has created transferable learning opportunities for literacy, numeracy, knowledge of other cultures, and digital and global citizenship. Marrinan is passionate about embracing technology to enhance the learning of her students.
Marrinan will be honored at ISTE’s annual conference and exposition, ISTE 2011, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, June 26-29, 2011. Marrinan will receive $1,000 for travel and expenses, as well as free conference registration, a commemorative plaque, and complimentary ISTE membership.
The Kay L. Bitter Vision Award for Excellence in Technology-based PK–2 Education was created in memory of Kay L. Bitter. Bitter was an active member of the education community, who had a passion for teaching, inspiring, and engaging students in exciting learning activities. She was truly a cutting-edge professional who was extremely effective in bringing technology into her classroom on a daily basis.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE ®) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through the innovative and effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. Home to ISTE’s annual conference and exposition and the widely-adopted NETS, ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals worldwide. http://www.iste.org.