– Tech & Learning magazine named four educators as winners in its Leader of the Year program. These visionaries exemplified extraordinary education technology leadership, often working within budgetary restrictions and limited resources. All four exemplified outstanding leadership that did more than just put tools into the hands of teachers and students, but shifted the school culture so all stakeholders embraced the meaningful use of technology in their schools.
Technology & Learning's Ed Tech Leaders of the Year Program recognizes and honors K-12 teachers, technology specialists, and administrators who use technology in innovative ways to motivate students and enrich learning.
December 15, 2002
Ed Tech Leaders of the 2002
By Michael Milone
The work of the teachers, tech specialists, and administrators profiled here represents the best of what can be done with technology and a dedicated educator.
In a year of economic uncertainty and new legislative mandates, it's reassuring to know we can still count on educators to remind us of the extraordinary and diverse ways they're advancing teaching and learning. Whether they are from Hawaii or New Jersey, Title I-funded schools or private academies, this year's crop of Ed Tech Leaders truly demonstrate that the key to making technology an effective tool for schools is not "speeds and feeds," but rather human vision and leadership. We invite you to read their stories.
December 15, 2002
Kelvin Y.S. Chun
Technology Resource Teacher
Nu`uanu Elementary School
It is sometimes true that the most influential people have a relatively low profile. Nowhere is this more evident than in the case of Kelvin Chun, whose influence permeates daily life at Nu`uanu Elementary School. He jokes that his profile is so low that many people ignore the "l" in his name and refer to him as "Kevin."
At Nu`uanu, an ethnically diverse school where the majority of students are Asian or Pacific Islander, the digital divide is not an issue during the school day. Under Chun's guidance, every child in the school-even at the kindergarten level-uses the latest multimedia, telecommunications, and video technologies for research projects and presentations. In addition, every student maintains a personalized electronic portfolio, which captures achievement and growth throughout their elementary career.
Team planning can be directly tied to the success of technology integration into the curriculum at Nu`uanu, and Chun has played a pivotal role in making that happen. As the technology resource teacher, he works with staff throughout the school year during free time such as recess or lunch and also on scheduled professional development days. In addition to helping teachers make full use of the technology that's available, a mission of these strategy sessions is to link the curriculum to technology standards.
Since coming to Nu`uanu in 1998, Chun has developed a number of innovative programs. This year's cool project is Malama I Ka Wai A Me Ke Kai (Care for the Water and the Sea), which combines both hands-on and technology components to give students an opportunity to learn about the fragile environmental conditions in Hawaii. The field-based work will give students firsthand knowledge of freshwater resources and the plants and animals they support. While learning about this critical resource, the students will be shooting video documentaries with digital camcorders, creating multimedia presentations using HyperStudio, and sharing their knowledge on the school's Web page.
Chun's philosophy is simple. "As a teacher, I firmly believe that the future lies in multimedia literacy," he says. "This new literacy dominates our lives today and will dominate the careers of tomorrow. My mission is to stimulate my students' learning experiences using this technology and to prepare them for the 21st century."
A good example of the project-based culture of Nu`uanu is the native Hawaiian plant garden created by the third grade class. In addition to making the campus more attractive, the garden is giving the students a chance to understand the importance of preserving native Hawaiian plants. Project components include Web research, HyperStudio presentations demonstrating how to protect the plants, as well as lots of digging and planting. Check out their work online.
Date: Tue, 08 Oct 2002 10:54:09 -0700
Subject: Technology & Learning: Ed Tech Leaders of the Year 2002
Congratulations on your selection as a National Winner for Technology & Learning's 2002 Ed Tech Leaders of the Year program! We think your entry was truly outstanding and we plan to recognize your achievements in our December Awards issue. You will be featured as the top winner in the technology specialist category along with finalists Linda Lyster from Fern Park, Florida and John Richmond from Charleston, West Virginia. To get an idea of the type of coverage you'll receive, please see last year's article at: http://www.techlearning.com/db_area/archives/TL/200112/etloy.html
Our freelancer Michael Milone will be contacting you later this week to get information for the write-up. Should you need to reach him, his number in New Mexico is 505-867-0276 and his e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, we'd like to some photographs of you for the article -- so please be on the lookout for a follow up e-mail from us with suggestions and technical requirements from our art director.
Other details you might be interested in: we'll be sending an official letter and award certificate by November 1st. Also, at that time we'll have a press release you can pass on to colleagues and friends. If you could let us know the name of your local newspaper (and a contact if you have one), we'll also make sure they receive the release. In addition, if you plan to be at the NSBA Technology + Learning conference in Dallas next month, let us know. We'd love to take you and your fellow winners out for a celebratory drink.
Once again, congratulations. Feel free to call or e-mail me if you have questions about the contest or the article.
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Subject: Technology & Learning Magazine Honors Outstanding
We thought you'd be interested to know one of your local educators, Kelvin Chun, has been selected as a National Winner in Technology & Learning magazine's annual Ed Tech Leaders of the Year contest. Please read the following press release announcing the winners.
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The 2002 Ed Tech Leaders of the Year Announced
by Technology & Learning Magazine
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Nov. 5, 2002 ? Technology & Learning magazine, the number one publication in the education technology market, today named three winners and six runners-up in its 2002 Ed Tech Leaders of the Year program. Each technology-using educator will be featured in the magazine's special December Awards Issue.
"The announcement of this year's Ed Tech Leaders reminds us of the critical importance of human vision and leadership in making technology an effective tool for learning," said Susan McLester, editor in chief of Technology & Learning. "Although the K-12 educators we've selected represent a diversity of school district roles, they share a common dedication to students and to using technology in extraordinary ways to improve education."
This year's top winners are:
Rosemary Shaw, a computer teacher honing students' critical thinking and technology skills through community service projects, including the creation of an interactive Web site designed to raise awareness about an endangered local watershed. (Millennium Middle School, Sanford, Fla.)
Kelvin Chun, a technology specialist expanding elementary students' learning and cultural understanding via field-based studies on the history, ecology, and economy of the Nu`uanu community. All incorporate video, multimedia, and telecommunications technologies. (Nu`uanu Elementary School, Honolulu, Hawaii)
Timothy Jenney, a superintendent whose bold initiatives turned around the troubled largest district in his state and made it a national model of best practices. (Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia Beach, Va.)
Shaw, Chun, and Jenney were chosen from a group of outstanding finalists.
Linda Lyster, a technology facilitator implementing an innovative collaborative instruction model that has transformed teacher pedagogy and contributed to rising student test scores. (English Estates Elementary School, Fern Park, Fla.)
Jim Osterberger, an administrator pioneering the integration of handheld computing in a large, rural district, where over 93 percent of students have now achieved technology proficiency or higher. (Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa)
John Richmond, a technology teacher tirelessly meeting the needs of eight schools on a daily basis and who trained over 100 educators statewide to write effective school technology plans. (Kanawha County Schools, Charleston, W.Va.)
Susan Ronga and Jane Janovsky, team teachers changing the lives of inner-city students through a unique, entrepreneurial program that places them at the helm of their own graphic design business. (Paterson Public Schools, Paterson, N.J.)
Teresa San Martin, an instructional technology director bridging the digital divide through a visionary plan to put an Internet-connected computer into the home of each of the district's 5,600 students. (Maize Public Schools, Maize, Kan.)
Stephen Valentine, an English teacher leveraging Web technologies for book discussions, peer editing, and oral history telling; and author of Writing in a Wired World: Improving Student Writing Using the Computer. (Montclair Kimberly Academy, Montclair, N.J.)
About the Ed Tech Leaders of the Year Program
Technology & Learning's Ed Tech Leaders of the Year Program, now in its 15th year, annually recognizes teachers, technology specialists, and administrators who demonstrate leadership, vision, and creativity in implementing technology in their schools and districts. To learn more about the contest, go to www.techlearning.com/content/contest/etloy.
About Technology & Learning
Technology & Learning (www.techlearning.com), published by CMP Media LLC, San Francisco, Calif., is the number one publication in the K-12 educational technology market with a circulation of more than 80,000. Throughout its 22-year history, the magazine has garnered numerous awards, including Best Education Publication from the Association of Educational Publishers. In 2002, Technology & Learning was again recognized for its commitment to excellence, receiving several of the industry's top media accolades, including a Maggie Award for Best How-To Article and an AEP Distinguished Achievement Award for Best E-Mail Newsletter.
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