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Posted October 17, 2013

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Technology a Way of Life for Fifth-Grade Teacher, Students

Philip Friedman of Osuna ES is this month's TIG/APS Education Foundation Innovation Award winner.

Technology is a way of life for both Philip Friedman and the fifth graders he teaches at Osuna Elementary. "Whether it's recording and editing our own digital shorts, recording podcasts, or simply conducting research on the web, I am constantly tying in all of the technology that I have at my disposal," said Friedman, the first Innovation Award winner of the 2013-14 school year.

For the third school year, Technology Integration Group, in cooperation with the APS Education Foundation, is sponsoring 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.

Friedman, who has been teaching for six years at Osuna -- where he also went to school -- described technology is an important teaching tool. "Not only do we live in a world where being fluent with all of the newest devices, software, etc. is important in the job market, but it can also be something that is incredibly fun and engaging," he said. "Keeping up with technology has always been a passion of mine, and I hope to instill that same passion in all of my students."

Friedman said he hopes to use the $2,500 prize money to buy a set of  iPad minis for students to create even more hands-on digital multimedia projects in class.

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