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Posted March 22, 2012

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Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology Can Win Prizes

Innovation Awards will be granted monthly to teachers by TIG in partnership with the Foundation.

Technology Integration Group and the APS Education Foundation are announcing the first-ever Innovation Award – a monthly $2,500 prize to a district teacher who is advancing education in the classroom through the use of technology, including Promethean ActivBoards.

APS teachers with a Promethean board may apply for the award, which includes the opportunity to buy a variety of ActivClassroom interactive tools or training to assist in the classroom. A $100 cash award also will be provided.

With the award, honorees will be 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.

“This kind of honor really recognizes teachers for their willingness to use new tools – and also their day-to-day commitment to kids,” said Foundation Executive Director Phill Casaus. “We’re very proud of the Foundation’s partnership with Promethean and TIG because it benefits schools, teachers and kids daily.”

Educators may nominate themselves or their colleagues for the award.  A committee will evaluate the nominations and select the winner, who will be honored at a school presentation.

Nominations for the April and May recipients of the Innovation Award will be taken online through April 16.

The Innovation Award will resume in September and continue through the 2012-13 school year.

The Innovation Award is the latest donation to the Foundation from TIG, which is the title sponsor for this year’s A is for Art! fundraiser in September and also is a key sponsor of the Horizon Campaign, the Foundation’s push to raise $1 million in private support for Fine Arts, Middle/High School Activities, Literacy and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs throughout the district.

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