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Time for Virginia to Shine! (ISTE Awards Program)

Posted by Katie Knapp on 01/24 at 09:29 AM

VSTE knows that Virginia has the most AWESOME educators…and now is the time to show the rest of the world! The ISTE awards program recognizes the best of the best in educational technology. These awards honor exceptional educators who “advance the field, demonstrate vision and innovation, and expand student horizons.” We invite you to consider nominating yourself or a colleague for one of these 2012 awards.

ISTE Outstanding Young Educator
Are you a young educator who incorporates cutting-edge technology into the classroom? This award is presented to an outstanding young educator (under the age of 35) who demonstrates vision, innovation, action, and transformation using technology to improve teaching and learning.

Kay L. Bitter Vision Award For Excellence In Technology-Based PK-2 Education
Do you know a PK-2 teacher who shares a passion for educational technology with students? This award, given in honor of a career early education educator who brought cutting-edge technology into her classroom, recognizes a primary (PK-2) educator whose work has had a significant positive impact on technology use in education.

Public Policy Advocate of the Year
Do you work tirelessly to advocate for educational technology policy in Virginia? This award recognizes an individual who is an outstanding and enthusiastic leader and mentor in advocating for educational technology policy at the local, state, regional, national, and/or international level during the 2011 year. VSTE’s own Becky Fisher was honored with this award at the 2011 ISTE conference!

SIGMS Technology Innovation Award
Are you a classroom teacher who works collaboratively with an outstanding librarian? This award is presented to two teams of a school librarian and collaborating teacher who have conducted an exemplary technology program extending beyond the library to meet the needs of classroom students and teachers. The purpose of this award is to identify, promote, and sustain excellence in collaborative and innovative technology-based projects driven by the school library media center in support of curricular and instructional needs in elementary, middle, and high schools.

SIGOL Online Learning Award
Do you know an educator who effectively shares a passion for technology in the online learning format? This award recognizes innovative educators worldwide, for their leadership and creativity in providing e-learning opportunities for elementary through university aged students.

SIGTE Research Paper Award
Is researching educational technology your forte? This award recognizes excellence in research in the area of technology and teacher education. All research papers accepted for presentation at ISTE’s Annual Conference and Exposition, including those selected for both the research paper and round table categories are eligible for the SIGTE Research Paper Award.

Sylvia Charp Award for District Innovation in Technology
Does your school division offer an innovative approach to educational technology and ensure equity in technology use for all students? Presented by T.H.E. Journal and ISTE, this award for district innovation in technology recognizes a school district that has shown effectiveness and innovation in the application of technology district-wide.

All award winners will receive:
    •  Registration for ISTE 2012 in San Diego
    •  A one-year standard ISTE membership
    •  Various prizes and cash awards

The ISTE awards program is receiving nominations through March 1, 2012 for these prestigious awards.

Further information on each of the awards, including nomination packets and scoring rubrics, can be found here.

Let’s show the rest of world the educational technology talent we have in Virginia!

About board member Katie Knapp:

Katie Knapp was elected to the VSTE Board of Directors in 2011. She is an elementary school Computer Resource Specialist with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Katie is very involved in sharing her passion for instructional technology as a Capstone (NETS*T certification) Coach for TeacherLine and a member of the Leadership Council for the Discovery Educator Network. In 2010, she was awarded the VSTE Outstanding Leader award and has been honored as an Inspiration Inspired Teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator. She earned her B.S. in Management and Computer Science and M.Ed. in Elementary Education, both from California University of PA.

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