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Posted: February 19, 2013

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North Star Technology Teacher Awarded for Innovation

April Requard of North Star ES is this month's TIG/APS Education Foundation Innovation Award winner.

Ever see one of the videos posted to created by students in April Requard’s classes at North Star Elementary? Like the Veterans Day Tribute for relatives of her students. Or the “I Have a Dream” video in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King. Or the Fuel Up to Pay 60 video espousing the benefits of eating healthy that earned the school some national acclaim as well as $5,000.

Requard has a flair for video, for technology, for bringing out the best in kids.

So it makes sense that she was awarded this month’s TIG/APS Education Foundation Innovation Award which goes to a district teacher who is advancing education in the classroom through the use of technology, including Promethean Boards.

Requard oversees all technology classes at North Star, teaching 740 students in kindergarten through fifth grade each week.

“My goal is for students to see technology as a continuation of grade level curriculum as opposed to technology as a separate segment of learning,” Requard said. “I teach my students to learn basic computer skills, ins and outs of programs, research skills, collaboration, animations, basic programming, Internet safety, video production, podcasting, creating websites, screen-casting, book publishing, student-led newscast and more.”

Requard describes her students as “digital kids” who can multitask and pursue multiple goals.

“People may think technology proficiency means typing fast or quickly creating a PowerPoint presentation. However, I don’t think it’s exactly how well the student is at knowing technology itself, but rather how the technology helps the students to learn a subject better, faster and deeper.”’

Requard said she is passionate about what she teaches and more than anything wants her students to be thinkers and leaders in the use of 21st century skills and applications.

With the money she won from the Innovation Award, Requard said she plans to replace her Smartboard with a Promethean Board so that her  technology teaching tool is consistent with what the classroom teachers are using.

“I am excited to use the Promethean peripherals alongside the Promethean Board. I am very grateful and excited to have won this award,” she said.

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