Award for Excellence in Teacher Education
2016 Winner: Denise Schmidt-Crawford, associate professor and director, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
The Award for Excellence in Teacher Education honors an outstanding teacher educator who advances the field, demonstrates vision and innovation, and improves learning and teaching.
Librarians Network Primary and Secondary Awards
2016 Primary Award winner: Jenny Lussier, teacher-librarian, John Lyman Elementary, Middlefield, CT
2016 Secondary Award winner: Jenn Hanson, director of library services, Worcester Academy, Worcester, MA
The Librarians Network Primary and Secondary Awards recognize school librarians who exemplify the qualities of positive technology leadership and innovation in the school and community. Awardees should demonstrate an ability to serve as a leader in technology integration and as a collaborative partner with classroom teachers to provide students with valuable learning experiences that incorporate technology.
Games and Simulations Excellence Award
Sherry Jones, game design and psychology instructor, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Lakewood, CO
The Games and Simulations Network Excellence Award recognizes an active network member who has displayed servant leadership and advocacy in advancing the use of games and simulations in education.
Innovation in Online Global Collaboration
This award is open to educators at all levels of K-12 as well as college/university and higher education. This award recognizes innovation in the design and implementation of online global collaboration for learning. Global collaboration broadly refers to geographically dispersed educators, classrooms, schools and other learning environments that use online technologies to learn with others beyond their immediate environment in order to support curricular objectives, intercultural understandings, critical thinking, personal and social capabilities and ICT capabilities.
Online Learning Network Award
Torrey Trust, assistant professor of learning technology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
The Online Learning Network Award recognizes teachers, educators and/or education leaders who use online learning to engage learners in K-12 and Higher Ed by incorporating innovative learning opportunities.
Inclusive Learning Network Outstanding Educator Award
Luis Perez, inclusive learning evangelist, independent consultant, Saint Petersburg, FL
Virtual Environments Pioneer of the Year
Mary O'Brien, retired teacher, Augusta, ME
The Virtual Environments Pioneer of the Year Award honors an educator whose work in both RL (real life) and inworld most embodies the adventuresome and innovative spirit characteristic of a Virtual Environments Network community leader.
Mobile Learning Network Teacher/Educator Innovator Award
Cathy Hunt, visual arts teacher, St. Hilda's School, Southport, Australia
The Mobile Learning Network Teacher/Educator Innovator Award recognizes teachers and other educators who are doing innovative projects that engage learners. Innovation is driven by a commitment to excellence and continuous improvement and is based on curiosity, the willingness to take risks and experiment to test assumptions, questioning and challenging the status quo, as well as recognizing opportunity and taking advantage of it.