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Posted January 23, 2014

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First-Grade Teacher Finds Creative Ways to Teach with Technology

Molly Rice of Montezuma Elementary is this month's TIG/APS Education Foundation Innovation Award winner.

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It didn't take long for first-grade teacher Molly Rice to appreciate technology as a valuable tool in her classroom. The second-year teacher at Montezuma Elementary uses the Promethean board, iPads and other technological tools on a daily basis to teach everything from research to writing to computer programming.

Rice's innovative use of technology earned her this month's TIG/APS Education Foundation Innovation Award.

Technology Integration Group and the APS Education Foundation announce Innovation Award winners each month during the school year, providing a $2,500 prize to a district teacher who is advancing education in the classroom through the use of technology, including Promethean ActivBoards. A $100 cash award also is provided.

APS teachers with a Promethean board may apply for the award.

"I think that it is important for technology to be used as a tool in the classroom because students need to learn to be members of a technological society, which means that they need an understanding of how technology can be created and used in any context," Rice said. "My ultimate goal is for my students to be motivated to be creators of technology, not just consumers."

Rice describes technology is a limitless teaching tool that she can do just about anything with. "Just the other day, I couldn't find a good game for making tens so I programmed one! I wanted my kids to see the busy streets of New York to supplement a book, so I found a webcam to take us there right away. With technology as a tool in my class, we can go anywhere and do just about anything we want!"

Rice said she isn't sure what she'll do with the prize money. "There are so many things I would like to do in my room that it is hard to pick. I am overwhelmed with the possibilities."

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