Friday, November 2, 2012

Richland School District Two Technology Integration Team receives SC TIPS award

SC EdTech Awards Luncheon: (L-R) Don Cantrell (SDE), Lisa Knoche, Donna Teuber,
Pam Hanfland, Janine Sears, MaryAnn Sansonetti-Wood, Chuck Holland

Richland School District Two was recognized by the South Carolina Association for Educational Technology (SCAET) at the annual SC Educational Technology Conference (SC EdTech 2012) held in Greenville, October 24-26, 2012.

SCAET recognizes that there are many outstanding programs and activities in the state that showcase innovative uses of technology in education. The SCAET Innovative Programs Award was established in an effort to honor those best practices.

This program acknowledges South Carolina schools or districts as having exhibited excellence in the integration of technology in education. South Carolina schools continue to lead the way in educational technology and high quality work, both of which are exhibited by this year’s winning programs.

The following is a short summary of Richland School District Two’s innovative technology program:

Program Title: “Inquire, Ignite, and Inspire with 1TWO1”
Description: The 1TWO1 computing initiative is an integral part of the Richland TWO Story.
Using technology, students will inquire and explore their world. Transformative technologies
will ignite a joy of learning in our students and inspire them to become 21st century learners.
Students will work collaboratively on authentic problem and project-based activities which
enhance creativity, critical thinking, communication, and problem solving. Through personalized, authentic, and collaborative experiences, our students will develop the skills to prepare them for a future that we can only imagine.

EdTech, South Carolina’s premier educational technology conference, is designed to promote the use of educational technology to enhance student learning. The mission of EdTech is to bring educators, administrators, technology professionals, college faculty and staff, public and academic librarians, business and industry trainers, industry representatives and policy makers together to think, discuss, listen and learn the best strategies to plan for, implement, and use educational technology in our schools.

The South Carolina EdTech conference is planned and delivered by the South Carolina Association for Educational Technology (SCAET), represented by multiple South Carolina partners that include K-12, higher education, state government agencies, and telecommunications business partners. Partner members of SCAET this year include: The South Carolina State Department of Education, South Carolina Partnership for Distance Education, Technology Services, South Carolina Educational Television, Association for Applied Interactive Multimedia (AAIM), South Carolina Association of School Librarians, AT&T, Relational Technology Solutions, South Carolina Budget and Control Board Office – Division of State Information Technology, the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science, and College of Charleston School of Education.