ISTE Announces Winners of 2012 SIG Media Specialist Technology Innovation Award
A Texas team is recognized for promoting and providing focused and innovative technology learning experiences that support students; and a Connecticut team is singled out for enhancing literacy by having students conduct visual research and produce digital anthologies
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) has named the winners of the Special Interest Group (SIG) Media Specialist Technology Innovation Award.
ISTE’s annual Media Specialist Technology Innovation Award recognizes collaborative technology innovation projects created by primary and secondary school media specialists and collaborating teachers.
The SIG Media Specialist Technology Innovation Award winners are:
• Suzi Prassas, teacher, and Mary Carole Strother, library media specialist, at Fanny Finch Elementary in McKinney, Texas, for Penguin Palooza. They won first place in the primary school category for their hands-on learning project that inspired the largely low socio-economic student population to create book after book of their favorite penguin characters. The iPad was part of their daily instruction as they collaborated and created digital books. The program was instrumental in providing focused and innovative technology learning experiences that support students.
• Susan Steidl, English teacher, Cathy Swan, technology integration teacher, and Michelle Luhtala, library department chair, at New Canaan High School in New Canaan, Conn., for Invisible Influence. They won first place in the secondary school category for their project, which asks students how visual media can influence or change society. Invisible Influence takes a historical approach and teaches students to be responsible producers and discerning consumers of information. Technology is strategically embedded throughout the project as well as analytical writing and reflective thinking activities.
Judges sought teams who created technology programs that extended beyond the library to meet the classroom needs of students and teachers. Awardees will receive a one-year ISTE membership, $1,000 payable to their school media center, a $1,000 travel stipend per team to attend ISTE 2012 and a $300 professional library from ISTE. Additionally, Learning & Leading with Technology magazine will publish an article highlighting their projects.
About ISTE 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 teachereducation. Home to ISTE’s annual conference and exposition, the ISTE leadership conference and the widely adopted NETS, ISTE represents more
than 100,000 professionals worldwide.
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