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EducationPlus is excited to have our premier EdTech program offer it’s annual event for the 35th year in a row. The METC Conference presenters are being notified this month and our team is working hard to bring you the latest in educational technology trends, learning strategies, speakers, and research.
We hope to see you February 12-14, 2018 Back to the Future, Ready?
Educators Don Goble (Ladue) and Bill Bass (Parkway) has been honored with the coveted Making IT Happen award for their contributions to the successful integration of technology in education. The Making IT Happen award is provided by the International Society for Technology in Education, of which METC is an affiliate.
The Making IT Happen award honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students. Since its inception in 1995 more than 500 educators from around the world have received the award.
“Making IT Happen honorees make unique contributions to advancing the use of digital technology to inspire learning and teaching,” said ISTE CEO Brian Lewis. “Their significant accomplishments all further ISTE’s vision of a world in which all learners thrive, achieve and contribute.”
Don Goble is an award-winning Broadcast Technology, Film and Multimedia Instructor at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. He has spent countless hours teaching students and peers how to effectively utilize multi-media and appreciate media literacy. Don speaks nationally, offering educators innovative ways to incorporate video into the classroom. Mr. Goble advocates for technology and digital media in the classroom by blogging for national education publications, offering professional development to staff and schools all over the country, and by serving as a media creator himself. Mr. Goble was a part of the 2011 Apple Distinguished Educator class and named the Journalism Education Association 2015 Broadcast Adviser of the Year. Besides keynote presentations, workshops, breakout sessions, Ignite talks, TED Talks, and a multitude of professional development, Don supports the METC ISTE Affiliate through coordinating the METC Student eNews Bureau and news / media coverage of the Gateway2Change, a Student Summit on Race.
In the Parkway School District, Bill Bass leads professional development opportunities for teachers including a number of technology academies and classes. He has taken those classes and created systemic opportunities for teachers to learn on their own time through virtual classes. He helped to create the EdTech master’s program at Missouri Baptist University where he serves as an adjunct professor. Bill is a regular speaker at local and national conferences, serves on the METC Advisory Committee, and helps to organize the Missouri Summit featuring Google for Education. In all his work, Bill seeks to empower teachers so that they are comfortable and confident in their ability to use the tools in the classroom. Bill’s influence goes far beyond Missouri as he is the President of the ISTE Innovative Learning PLN, has written two books and numerous chapters and articles highlighting and advocating for the use of technology for students.
Successful integration of educational technology requires a common passion, initiative and pledge that can best be summarized by the Making IT Happen Formula of Success:
Educators and leaders who apply available technology now
Move forward and don’t look back
See students as real people
Teach through relationships by inspiring, encouraging, and nurturing
Recognize that further change is necessary, but understand that it is a process
Realize that teacher empowerment is the key element to technology integration
Motivate through awareness and access to information
Both educators join a prestigious group of Making IT Happen honorees, including classroom teachers, school principals, superintendents, corporate executives, legislators, governors, and more.
About Making IT Happen
Founded in 1995, the Making IT Happen program highlights the dramatic role educators have on the learning process by using technology and rewards those individuals for their commitment and innovation. To date, more than 500 individuals have been awarded this recognition through ISTE and its affiliates. The impact of this program has been felt at hundreds of conferences around the world. The focus of the Making IT Happen program is on current practitioners, highlighting their significant contribution and encouraging them to continue their work.
Innovative offerings include the ISTE Conference & Expo – the world’s most comprehensive ed tech event – as well as the widely adopted ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age. The organization’s robust suite of professional learning resources features online courses, consulting services for schools and districts, books, and peer-reviewed journals and publications. For more information, visit iste.org. Connect with ISTE via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
For more information, media only: Jodie Pozo-Olano, Chief Communications Officer, 804-986-6911, firstname.lastname@example.org
Making IT Happen is an internationally recognized awards program from ISTE for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation. The Midwest Education Technology Community (METC) ISTE affiliate is pleased to honor our latest Making IT Happen educator.
Andrew Wall is a third grade teacher at Harvest Ridge Elementary School in the Francis Howell School district. According to colleagues, Andy utilizes any available technology to help his students reach beyond the classroom walls. After seeking grants for his students, he has integrated Minecraft and green screen productions into his classroom. Andy’s imaginative utilization of QR has enticed staff members to snap and read stories his students have published with their kindergarten buddies. As parents await their student’s conference with him, they capture the code and view data of their child’s most recent achievements.
Andy is technology’s #1 cheerleader and among the top contenders in the his school district. Andy has hosted numerous Tech Tuesday mini PD sessions and served as an instructional technology specialist. He was the key contributor to the planning, promotion and presentations of a recent building Tech Fest. Andy uses YouTube, e-mail and his personal blog to share solutions to problems being faced by colleagues. Andy has been described as motivational and never judgmental. In other words, he is a fantastic individual to represent the ISTE Making IT Happen Award.