Carlisle Park Middle School, Guntersville
In addition to teaching gifted students about technology, Teresa Zimmer organizes
a family technology night and coordinates her school's chapter of ASPIRE, the Alabama
Supercomputing Program to Inspire Computational Research in Education.
Unalakleet Schools, Unalakleet
If a computer in Unalakleet breaks down, one of David Fair's students will probably
be able to fix it. By focusing on real job skills, Fair has given his students a
sense of direction and a means to earn a good living.
Sonoran Sky Elementary School, Scottsdale
The third-graders in Sharon Karpen's class use technology to design new products,
and plan their marketing and sales. Not only do they gain an understanding of how
technology works, they learn about being entrepreneurs.
Gingerich Elementary School, Stuttgart
All Joy Bennett wants is to make her fifth graders as comfortable with technology
as they are with books, paper, and pencils. To achieve this, she infuses technology
into numerous classroom projects, from exchanging e-mail with penpals in New York
to creating computer-generated quilts.
Bishop Woods Elementary School, New Haven
Before Dr. Jean Lowery came to Bishop Woods Elementary, the school had virtually
no technology. Through her efforts, the school has acquired hardware, software,
and staff development resources, to challenge the diverse students in the school.
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Delmar Jr.-Sr. High School, Delmar
A special education teacher who teaches in inclusion classrooms, Rebecca Kelly advocates
the integration of technology to improve reading, writing, and problem-solving skills.
The range of technology her students use-from keyboard devices to Netscape Composer-is,
in part, due to Rebecca's tremendous grant writing skills.
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Park View Elementary School
The students at this inner-city elementary school are building their science skills
through technology, thanks to Dr. Barry Spague. Students start with basic computer
activities and then advance to work like real scientists, using sensors, probes,
the Internet, and other tools to perform real-world experiments.
Catharine H. Colwell
Mainland High School, Daytona Beach
Physics is what you make of it, and Catharine Colwell has made it the coolest class
in school. Her technology-rich classes are a magnet for students of every ability
level, and she is the "terminator" when it comes to AP tests and science competitions.
Tapp Middle School, Powder Springs
If you like pushing the limits of instructional technology, you'll love Robert Caplan's
language art classes. Using a combination of hardware, software, and creative thinking,
he has created a way to deliver multimedia lessons to the single-computer classroom.
Rhodes School District, River Grove
In his own words, teaching is not a job for John Mertes, it's "a way of life." As
the technology teacher in his school, he supports the efforts of the entire staff,
helps students develop the school's Web page, and writes most of the grants that
allow his school to have a 3:1 student to computer ratio.
Charles City High School, Charles City
Developing International Student Exchanges
from E-Mail: An Iowa Experience
Through Al Bode's efforts, students in this rural community in northeast Iowa are
improving their Spanish by interacting online with students around the world. In
addition, Al Bode and his students host visiting students from Mexico and make the
trek to our southern neighbor each year.
Tonganoxie High School, Tonganoxie
Using software, probes, graphing calculators, and presentation tools, David Walker
has made biology understandable and enjoyable for his students. As for measurable
results, student test scores have increased considerably.
Estelle Elementary School, Marrero
Much of the technology in Estelle Elementary School is there because of the grant-writing
efforts of Monica Folse. In addition, she is an exceptionally talented teacher of
students with special needs and has been named her school's Teacher of the Year
Patapsco Middle School, Ellicott City
The students in Diane Boarman's science classes are "instrumentalists" in the scientific
sense of the word. From Day 1, her students learn to use probeware to collect data,
analyze it, and make presentations of their findings.
Alma Middle School, Alma
In Barbara Leonard's computer and multimedia courses, project-based learning is
king. From videoconferencing with a fifth grade classroom at the Saginaw Tribal
Academy to producing video storybooks for second graders, her students use technology
to reach beyond their own community.
Morris Area Elementary School, Morris
It's never too early to start students with technology or make them aware of the
diversity outside their community. Pam Solvie does a great job on both counts with
her first grade students, who have e-pals in Osaka, Japan and videoconference with
experts around the world.
South Jones High School, Ellisville
Billy Joel's classic, "We Didn't Start the Fire," is the catalyst for Lia Landrum's
students to identify the significant events of a given year. Technology makes the
task more interesting and allows the students to do a thorough job of studying and
presenting their subject.
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Stuart Public Schools, Stuart
In a rural district whose small size means that classes are enormously diverse,
Katie Morrow uses technology to ensure that all of her students achieve basic literacy.
She also forges community connections by having her students build a Web site profiling
local businesses and organizations.
Clark Country School District, Las Vegas
This past winner of the state Teacher of the Year award is on special assignment
in the district helping teachers prepare telecommunications lessons. Among Linda
Thompson's projects is the "Treasures of Russia," which paired an exhibit at a local
resort with online learning activities.
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Gilbert H. Hood Middle School, Derry
Learning how to learn is an invaluable skill, and that's the focus of Rosalyn Weizer's
Computer/Study Skills program. Students learn about assessment by developing tests
of their own, and in the process, enhance their ability to apply technology in useful
ways. She is also available for teacher training.
Montgomery High School, Skillman
Karen Cohen's business technology students are learning to master both technology
and the stock market, and their grasp of economics has earned their teacher a Mark
of Distinction award from the local business and education partnership.
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Newfane Elementary School, Newfane
If you want to know how "Eel Got Electrified," just ask Mary Sippel's third grade
students. Their multimedia tale won honorable mention in ISTE's 1999 Multimedia
Mania contest. Another multimedia project focusing on animals won a Model Schools
grant from the state of New York.
Perry Harrison School, Pittsboro
Technology, a solid curriculum, and plain old fun are three ingredients in Darlene
Ryan's classes. On any given day, one or more teachers in the district are visiting
her classroom to learn how to use technology effectively.
Westerville North High School, Westerville
As facilitator of the Science Learning Center, Shirley Newton's students do their
own projects and develop tutorials for younger students who are struggling in school.
They've won several awards, and even invented a chocolate chip cookie recipe that
was marketed by a local bakery.
Altoona Area High School, Altoona
Digital Archaeology: Uncovering
a Cityıs Past
Irene Huschak's classes-Emerging Technologies and Software Development-are among
the most popular in her school, so much so that her students help to fund the technology
lab by teaching summer classes for educators from around the state.
Curvin McCabe School, Pawtucket
In Lisa Zavota's third grade class, technology is a fact of life. Her students use
a broad range of technology-including PowerPoint and the Internet-to master basic
skills and then apply them in the real world. She also routinely uses Cornerstone,
Storybook Weaver, Spell-It, and Accelerated Reader.
Rock Hill High School, Rock Hill
There aren't many places where students use technology to learn about the blues,
study Russell's Anatomy, and make stories for younger students, but that's exactly
what happens in Linda Hains' classroom. She wants her students to grow through technology
and use it as a stepping-stone to success.
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Madison High School, Madison
You might not expect rural South Dakota to be a hotbed of Spanish language learning,
but that's exactly what the situation is in Brenda Lynchs' classes. She uses technology
to prepare her students to understand and work with Spanish speakers as they move
on to careers and higher education.
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Harris Middle School, Shelbyville
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Betsy Norris has built a technology empire in her classroom by writing and receiving
over $75,000 in grants. She also maintains the school Web site and has paired her
students with telementors at Hewlett Packard.
Canutillo ISD, Canutillo
This dynamo has given the students in this low-income, rural community access to
first-rate technology, resulting in remarkable gains in their performance on state
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Ramstein American Elementary School, Ramstein, Germany
Although they are thousands of miles from the US of A, Terese Sarno's third graders
in Ramstein have access to the a variety of technology. In addition to publishing
their own newsletter, The Supersonic Gazette, her students use technology to explore
higher-level math concepts and art.
Weber School District, Ogden
In an effort to develop "classrooms without walls," Alan Griffin created a Web-based
course on world civilizations. In this self-directed course, students write in their
journals, complete projects, and take traditional tests.
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Merrimack Year Round Elementary School, Hampton
Through her efforts, Sherry Buchanan has transformed the Library/Media Center at
Merrimack into a technology hub, making it possible for a broad range of students,
from developmentally disabled to gifted and everything in between, to become technologically
Auburn School District, Auburn
Auburn School District has placed a high priority on staff development, and Maureen
Stapel is the person responsible for making the vision a reality. She's established
a broad range of technology initiatives that have increased the skills of both the
teachers in the district and the students.
Burnsville Elementary School, Burnsville
Old Dog, New Tricks
Although her school serves just 140 students in an economically disadvantaged region,
Brenda Bleigh has used a broad range of technology to help her students achieve
and succeed. The school is a Technology Demonstration Project and has been recognized
as a Title I Distinguished School.
Holmen Middle School, Holmen
Thanks to Linda Sorenson, the eighth graders at Holmen Middle School get a full
dose of technology while learning U.S. History. They use everything from PowerPoint
to the Internet to get a unique perspective on our nation's history.