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Posted April 24, 2014

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Teacher Sees Collaborative Benefits of Technology

Steven Lamb, a second grade teacher at E.G. Ross Elementary, is a TIG/APS Education Foundation Innovation Award winner.

Steven Lamb, a second grade teacher at E.G. Ross Elementary, sees technology as a way for students and teachers to share ideas and resources. And that collaboration isn't restricted to a school site. Lamb's class is currently swapping video presentations with a third grade class across town at Longfellow Elementary.

His creative and enthusiastic use of technology has earned Lamb this month's Innovation Award sponsored by TIG and the APS Education Foundation.

Technology Integration Group, in cooperation with the APS Education Foundation, sponsors the monthly Innovation Award, giving a $2,500 prize to district teachers who are advancing education in the classroom through the use of technology, including Promethean ActivBoards. With the award, honorees are able to select peripherals and publisher materials that will integrate with their existing Promethean ActivBoard. It is hoped that this award will allow honorees to spark even more innovative teaching and learning.

A $100 cash prize also is provided. APS teachers with a Promethean board may apply for the award.

Lamb has been teaching for three years following a career as a business owner. He has incorporated technology in his classes in a variety of ways. "I allow my students to use iPads for varied constructed responses. I am then able to store the responses (text/drawings) in an interactive database that can be assessed related to CCSS and my own rubrics."

Lamb's students also are using a video presentations app called Touchcast to present reports and ideas to other classrooms across the district. For example, his students are swapping video presentations with Rachel King's third grade class at Longfellow.

Lamb's students also are developing research skills. "Technology gives students immediate access to an abundance of quality information which leads to learning at much quicker rates than before. I plan the use the money to purchase more collaborative technology. My second graders are excelling at group work, but are also critically thinking individually. I believe the technology tools encouraged this."

Lamb sees technology as a great collaborative tool for teachers as well. "They can communicate and meet the shortcomings of their work, refine it and provide their students with the best."

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