NB schools’ technology team earns prestigious award

The NBAPS Technology Committee (l to r): Supt. Deb Henton, High School Assistant Principal Glen Stevens, Middle School Asstistant Principal Kelly Detzler, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Alternative Learning Programs Lori Zimmerman, Director of Technology Chip Treen, Director of Finance and Human Resources Randi Johnson, Community Relations Coordinator Patrick Tepoorten, and Sunrise River School Principal Jason Hartmann. Not pictured: Unique Learners Manager Sarah Brown. Photo supplied

The NBAPS Technology Committee (l to r): Supt. Deb Henton, High School Assistant Principal Glen Stevens, Middle School Asstistant Principal Kelly Detzler, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Alternative Learning Programs Lori Zimmerman, Director of Technology Chip Treen, Director of Finance and Human Resources Randi Johnson, Community Relations Coordinator Patrick Tepoorten, and Sunrise River School Principal Jason Hartmann. Not pictured: Unique Learners Manager Sarah Brown. Photo supplied

The Technology Committee at North Branch Area Public Schools has been named the 2012 TIES Technology Leadership Team award winner.

The committee was chosen for the prestigious award for its leadership in bringing technology to the classroom, efforts in building community around technology in the classroom within the school district and the community, and the wide variety of technologies and practices it encourages in the school district.

“It is a great honor to be chosen to win this award,” Superintendent Deb Henton said. “It speaks not only to the efforts of the Technology Committee, but also to the entire staff, our students, our families and our school board members, all of whom played significant roles in making technology use in our classrooms pervasive.”

Examples of the increased access to, and use of technology, include e-readers in media centers, the fifth grade “Transformer” pilot, and more devices such as iPads, iPods, netbooks, Smartboards in Early childhood and the Discover Digital Devices initiative in NBAPS schools.

“We have made a concerted effort in the last few years to increase exposure to technology by our students so that their educational experience closer mirrors what they will experience in life,” Henton explained. “Because of state funding issues, we have had to be creative and find resources where they are available. This award confirms that we have been effective and are heading down the right path.”

The NBAPS Technology Committee consists Henton, High School Assistant Principal Glen Stevens, Middle School Assistant Principal Kelly Detzler, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Alternative Learning Programs Lori Zimmerman, Director of Technology Chip Treen, Director of Finance and Human Resources Randi Johnson, Community Relations Coordinator Patrick Tepoorten, Sunrise River School Principal Jason Hartmann, and Unique Learners Manager Sarah Brown.

The Technology Committee will be honored at the TIES 2012 Technology conference awards dinner Dec. 9, and again at the TIES 2012 Education Technology Conference.

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