Laveen District’s Technology Excellence
The Laveen Elementary School district has launched a new award to honor teachers who effectively integrate technology into instruction. The Technology Excellence in the Classroom (TEC) Award recognizes one full-time teacher each month for successful technology integration, student engagement and innovation.
“The TEC Award provides a great opportunity for us, as a district, to recognize those teachers who are working hard to implement technology in their classroom,” said district Technology Director Jordy Fuentes.
Teachers may apply for the award by submitting a narrative along with videos, podcasts, blogs and other multimedia content demonstrating the technology integration. The submitted materials become part of the teacher’s technology integration portfolio.
Criteria to win a TEC award includes: integrating technology in teaching subject-specific content, engaging students in more active learning of the content using technology, using technology to enhance active inquiry, and demonstrating skills in instructional technology integration. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee made up of members of the district’s technology and academic services departments.
To date, TEC Award winners include Ashley Gruenberg from Desert Meadows School and Kylee Landrum from Cheatham Elementary. Gruenberg was recognized for her students’ use of Chromebooks to create projects. In addition to offering professional development classes on technology integration for other teachers, Landrum’s students use WebQuests for research and iPads and Chromebooks to create a variety of presentations.
At the end of the school year, two teachers from the pool of monthly TEC recipients will be awarded their choice of either a classroom set of student devices or the equivalent instructional technology for their classroom.
The Laveen Elementary District has the ability to incorporate current technology into student learning thanks to the capital override approved by voters in 2012. This has provided several classroom sets of iPads and Chromebooks, along with other instructional technologies, at each of the district’s seven schools.