The International Society for Technology in Education recently honored Jennifer Orr of Annandale Terrace Elementary School with the 2012 Kay L. Bitter Vision Award for Excellence in Technology-based PK–2 Education. The award recognizes a PK–2 educator whose work has had a significant positive impact on technology use in education. ISTE presents the award each year at their annual conference to one early childhood educator, pre-kindergarten through second grade, who demonstrates vision and creativity in a project or program that effectively integrates technology in the classroom.
Those who know Jennifer in the Writing Project and beyond have been touched by the way she creates unique opportunities for her students to engage in authentic writing activities both on and offline. Her blog Elementary, My Dear, or Far From It covers a range of teaching issues and is full of good ideas about using technology in elementary education.
The Kay L. Bitter Vision Award for Excellence in Technology-based PK–2 Education was created in memory of Kay L. Bitter. Bitter was an active member of the education community, who had a passion for teaching, inspiring, and engaging students in exciting learning activities.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE ®) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through the innovative and effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. Home to ISTE’s annual conference and exposition and the widely-adopted NETS, ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals worldwide. http://www.iste.org.