CPS Announces 2016 School Technology Award Winners 

Teachers and Tech Coordinators Honored at CPS’ Annual ‘Tech Talk’
For Leadership, Innovation in Using Educational Technology Resources
Friday, April 8, 2016

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CPS Office of Communications
Phone: 773-553-1620
CHICAGO – As part of its commitment to expanding technology in classrooms, Chicago Public Schools honored leaders in technology today for their work championing and expanding cutting-edge technology in schools at the District’s annual Tech Talk conference at Lane Tech High School. CPS announced its 2016 Innovator of the Year and Innovative School of the Year, and named three teachers and tech coordinators “Ones to Watch” for their commitment to advancing the use of technology in the classroom.
“CPS is determined to use every means at our disposal to connect with students, inspire them to learn and meet their needs in a powerful and unprecedented way – which is why we want to honor these dedicated professionals who are providing strong examples of how to best use technology in their classrooms,” said CPS Chief Education Officer Dr. Janice K. Jackson. “CPS has established itself as one of the most progressive large school districts in the country when it comes to the expansion of technology resources and curriculum, and we could not have reached this point without the work of dedicated teachers and technology coordinators, including our colleagues who were deservedly recognized today.”
Innovative School of the Year (Enrico Tonti Elementary)
Enrico Tonti Elementary received the 2016 Innovative School of the Year award for its commitment to expanding blended and personalized learning resources and encouraging students to engage with a variety of digital creation tools. Teachers Jose Frausto and Jonathan O’Sullivan led an effort to expand the use of digital tools including TontiTech.com, which allows students to share work and explore different blended learning resources. By providing students with an opportunity to explore modern digital literacy resources, Tonti has emerged as a leader in the integration of technology into the classroom.
Innovator of the Year (Nicholas Giacobbe, Augustus H. Burley Elementary)
Burley Elementary teacher Nicholas Giacobbe received the 2016 Innovator of the Year award as recognition for his effort to expand the use of enriching tech resources at Burley. Giacobbe has presented at conferences and workshops throughout the country to highlight the benefits of educational technology tools for students and staff. In his classroom, Giacobbe has facilitated virtual debates among students and used software to monitor student progress through math assignments, while also encouraging his students to publish their best work online.
“Ones to Watch” Award Winners
Nhathong “Rose” An, a teacher at Orr Academy High School received a “Ones to Watch” award for helping expand technology access in her classroom and training her fellow teachers on the use of education tools. Four years ago, An secured a grant to fund one-to-one iPads in her classroom, and she has trained her co-teachers on the use of digital creation tools. In 2012, An developed a progress monitoring tool for Individualized Education Programs through existing Google tools, and the program has allowed teachers to document the efficacy of instructional delivery.
Ronald Carroll, a technology coordinator at Chicago Academy High School, received a “Ones to Watch” award for his role in implementing personalized learning tools at his school. Carroll has been a strong advocate for the use of personalized learning tools at Chicago Academy, and he works closely with teachers to highlight the benefits of technology in the classroom. Carroll has also taken an active role in the CPS technology coordinator community, which works to share knowledge and build capacity throughout the District.
Taneesha Thomas, a digital learning coordinator at Bogan High School, received a “Ones to Watch” award for her role in educating teachers at her school and other schools throughout the state on the benefits of Google education tools and other educational technology resources. As the digital learning coordinator at Bogan, which was the first high school in CPS with one-to-one computing, Thomas has helped teachers integrate Google Apps into their classrooms, and she developed a tutorial video that teachers have used as an introduction to Google Classroom.
Winners of the awards recognized today were nominated by their peers and each submitted short videos highlighting their work to integrate education technology into their classrooms and schools.
All award winners were acknowledged today at the District’s annual Tech Talk event, which brought together administrators, clerks, librarians, teachers and technology coordinators at Lane Tech to for a day of professional development and collaboration.
On August 18 and 19, CPS will hold its third annual Googlepalooza conference at Whitney Young High School to support teachers, coaches, principals and staff as they use Google tools to teach, learn, collaborate and work more effectively. Teachers can register to present at Googlepalooza, by submitting an application at www.cps.edu/presentgoogle by April 25.
Chicago Public Schools serves 392,000 students in 660 schools. It is the nation's third-largest school district.

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