Award Nominations

Each nomination will be submitted via the online nomination form. 2017 Awards nominee submission is now closed!

That form has three key components:

1. Information for the individual or student/student group
2. Information for the person nominating the individual or group
3. A link to the web based digital portfolio containing the specified artifacts below. The link for the portfolio is submitted via the online form.

The purpose of the portfolio is to collect in a digital format what the nominee has already done to earn this award. This format will allow for creative ways to “promote” the candidate. There are specific items required, but within those are a lot of possibilities.

You may nominate yourself or someone else. Please note that if you nominate someone else, you will need to work with that person to create the digital portfolio. It would be difficult (not impossible) to keep the nomination a secret.

Portfolio Guidelines

All portfolios must be created as a wiki on Wikispaces.com. Here’s why:

  • This is not meant to be a web design contest. It is meant to be a place where the information for the nominee(s) is collected and accessed. A wiki on Wikispaces has very basic capabilities.
  • Wikispaces is free.
  • Wikispaces is very easy to use. Here is a link to the help center to get you started.
    IMPORTANT: Wiki must be submitted as PUBLIC. You will find that in the settings, and permissions area of the wiki.

2017 Awards nominee submission is now closed!

What must be included for each Award:

Technology Using Teacher (PK-12 Classroom teacher)

A classroom teacher that effectively uses and integrates technology to support teaching and learning in the classroom. It should include the following:

    • Resume. Please be sure it includes nominee’s current work assignment.
    • Brief Statement about why the nominee deserves the award. (200 to 300 word limit. Go in more detail on other bulleted items)
    • Letter of support from an administrator (Principal, Curriculum Coordinator, Superintendent, etc.) that addresses nominee’s impact on teaching and learning.
    • Additional letter of support from a co-worker, parent, student, administrator, etc.
    • 1-2 artifacts that demonstrate how technology is used to enhance the teaching and learning in nominee’s classroom. These artifacts may be videos, images, websites, descriptions, examples of work, narratives, video narratives or any combination of those.  Remember, these artifacts are meant to show examples of how the nominee uses technology.
  • Respond to the following (These should be text based, but may have links, images, etc. to help enhance each response):
    • Describe how the nominee develops and facilitates authentic learning opportunities for learners. (250 word limit)
    • Describe how the nominee evaluates the effectiveness of technology in the learning process. (250 word limit.)
    • What methods or resources does the nominee use to continuously improve  professional practice? What impact does this have on the classroom/school? (250 word limit)

Digital Leadership 

An individual who leads outside of the classroom and supports effective use of technology for teaching and learning. It should include the following:

  • Resume. Please be sure it includes nominee’s current work assignment.
  • Brief Statement about why the nominee deserves the award. (200 to 300 word limit. Go in more detail on other bulleted items)
  • Letter of support from a Supervisor that addresses nominee’s impact within the organization.
  • Additional letter of support from a co-worker, administrator, teacher, etc.
  • 1-2 artifacts that demonstrate how the nominee’s leadership affects the effective use of technology in the teaching and learning process. These artifacts may be videos, images, descriptions, written or video narratives, examples of work or any combination of those. Remember, these artifacts are painting a picture or making a case for why the nominee deserves this award.
  • Respond to the following (These should be text based, but may have links to help enhance each response):
    • What methods or resources does the nominee use to continuously support the integration of technology within the organization? (250 word limit)
    • How does the nominee evaluate the needs of the staff that the nominee supports? (250 word limit)
    • What resources, tools, or processes does the nominee use to create meaningful learning opportunities for staff and learners that the nominee supports? (250 word limit)

Student Technology Award (individual or group)

An individual or group of students who initiated change through the use of technology to support their own learning, learning within the school or greater community.  

The portfolio should include the following:

  • General description of the group or individual along with a Brief Statement about why the nominee(s) deserve(s) the award. (200 to 300 word limit. Go in more detail on other bulleted items)
  • Letter of support from a student, administrator, teacher, community member etc who is aware of the impact the individual or student group.
  • 1-2 artifacts that demonstrate how technology is used to enhance the learning process for those involved in the group or affected by the group. These artifacts may be videos, images, descriptions, written or video narratives, examples of work or any combination of those. Remember, these artifacts are painting a picture or making a case for why the nominee deserves this award.
  • Respond to the following (These should be text based, but may have links to help enhance each response):
    • What did the individual or group do or use to merit recognition?
    • How was this project/idea lead and initiated by the student or student group (rather than a teacher)?
    • How has the existence of this group affected students, staff, and/or community members  (250 word limit)

For an example of how the wiki might be setup and organized go to the following links:

Example for Teacher of the Technology Using Teacher and Digital Leader

Example for Student or Student Group

This is one example for setting up the Wiki. You are free to organize the site as you see fit, but, make sure that all elements are listed and easy to find within the wiki.

IMPORTANT: Wiki must be submitted as PUBLIC. You will find that in the settings, and permissions area of the wiki.

* If you have applied in the past and not won the award, you are welcome to resubmit. Please make sure that the wiki is up to date and all links work.