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Posted: May 20, 2014

Tech Coordinator Tailors Technology to Meet Student Needs

Seth Hoover of Alamosa ES is the final TIG/APS Education Foundation Innovation Award winner for the 2013-14 school year.

Seth Hoover is all about personalized service. The technology coordinator at Alamosa Elementary School said he tailors lessons to meet the needs of his colleagues and their students, whether it be learning Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Activotes or any other computer program. "I'm also available to spent a day or two in a class to help students log in, access the Internet or programs or whatever other help the teacher needs."

Hoover is this month's TIG/APS Education Foundation Innovation Award winner. The former fifth grade teacher has been serving as the school's technology coordinator and teacher for the past three years. One of the things he likes about his job is getting the opportunity to "save the day" when something isn't working properly in a classroom, "although I can't tell you how often I go to be a hero, and my heroic feat is simply pushing a power button!"

Hoover feels that incorporating technology into everyday learning is the best way to keep students engaged. He recommends doing such things as

Using or to find definitions and synonyms

Using a program called "Tux of Math Command" which is like an Atari video game that teaches math facts

Getting students to come up and actually touch and interact with the Promethean boards

Using Promethean Flipcharts to engage students

Using Activotes or Activexpressions for testing ("Students have gotten excited about this. When do you ever hear of that!")

"I think if a teacher has enough courage to get themselves to the same technological places as their students, everyone in that classroom will be having a better educational experience," Hoover said.

The Innovation Award is given monthly during the school year by Technology Integration Group, in cooperation with the APS Education Foundation. A $2,500 prize goes to district teachers who are advancing education in the classroom through the use of technology. The award money can be used to buy technology for the classroom. It is hoped that this award will allow honorees to spark even more innovative teaching and learning. A $100 cash prize also is provided for the Innovation award winner.