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Posted May 9, 2013

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Manzano Spanish Teacher Uses Más Technology in Classroom

Andy Cook is this month's TIG/APS Education Foundation Innovation Award winner.

Andy Cook, a Spanish and Italian teacher at Manzano High, uses pretty much every type of technology available for teaching: the Promethean Board with ActivInspire and clickers, iPads, Remind101 (class reminders via texting), Poll Everywhere (students vote via texting), NearPod (interactive presentations -- like PowerPoint that everyone views individually on their iPad with interactive capabilities), iMovie, Garage Band…"y mucho más."

So, it seems appropriate that Cook earned this month's TIG/APS Education Foundation Innovation Award.

"By far the technology that I use the most is the Promethean Board in conjunction with the clickers," Cook said. "I use the clickers to give tests. Students get instant feedback and receive questions in random order. I use clickers to poll the class. I use the clickers to play jeopardy or other buzz-in games. It’s amazing who starts to participate when everyone has an equal voice!"

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.

Cook said he plans to use the award money to provide students with clickers that have full Qwerty keyboards as well as an app so that students with smartphones can use them as clickers.

"I am floored by the honor and recognition I’ve been given and the manner in which it has been given," Cook said. "Very few awards that I’ve received in the past have been done in such a classy manner, right down to not only rewarding my students for my efforts, but me personally, as well. This is rare nowadays but acts as a great motivator."

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