At the #NCCE2015 conference I was surprised and honored to be selected as the NCCE 2015 Technology Educator of the Year. I have been attending or presenting at the NCCE conference for over 15 years and am thrilled to be part of this organization. I have seen it grown over the years to know include hands-on workshops bringing in innovative speakers and educators.
I have to first thank the administration and colleagues at La Salle Catholic College Preparatory. Ever since I received my Masters of Educational Technology from Pepperdine University, I have been seeking an educational environment that embraces technology and has a strong vision for student-centered learning.
La Salle Prep commits to a strong professional development for their faculty. I love that our faculty works together to grow professionally. We went 1:1 with iPads this year after three years of planning, collaborating, and working towards a common vision. Faculty members share iPad best practices, collaborate on common assessments, focus on questioning strategies, and plan for literacy development throughout the curriculum.
I also want to thank my educational technology community. My learning and teaching has been challenged by the experiences I have encountered throughout my career.
And the various organizations that have shaped my teaching throughout my career:
- Pepperdine MALT program
- Google Teacher Academy (Mt. View ’08)
- #tlchat webinars
- ISTE Teacher Librarian community
- OASL (Oregon Association of School Libraries)
- Portland State Graduation School of Education Library/Media Program
- Archdiocese of Portland Catholic school educators
- LaSallian schools
- Oregon EdTech Professional Development Cadre
- Oregon Google Summit
- ISTE, IntegratED and NCCE
Thanks also to Troxell Communications for sponsoring the award.