SKIE Award Regional Winners Announced
Touchstone Energy Cooperatives of Oklahoma and K20 Center honor innovative technology use in the classroom.
The SKIE (Supporting K20 Innovative Educators) Award celebrates educators or teams of educators across the state who have demonstrated the ability to link student learning with the innovative use of technology and the K20 IDEALS (k20center.ou.edu/about/ideals). Six regional awardees have been selected and one state awardee will be honored at the K20 Innovative Learning Conference this coming November. Oklahoma’s electric cooperatives are a proud sponsor of this award.
Teresa Lansford is a 13-year teacher and has spent the last five years as a teacher-librarian for Lincoln Elementary in Norman, Oklahoma. Lansford works with teachers to enhance student learning and growth through technology. She encourages teachers to incorporate technology into their curriculum and helps students showcase their learning through the creation of movies and artifacts, and virtual museum tours via technology. In working with students, she authentically embeds research skills with a purpose as they learn. She enjoys seeing the students’ work displayed for the school, parents, and others through school assemblies and YouTube.
Tonya Gaunt has taught for 29 years and completed her second year as the technology integration teacher for Nance Elementary in Clinton, Oklahoma. Gaunt’s vision is that her students be engaged in a stimulating academic environment and a challenging curriculum that is student-centered and focused on making them future-ready. Gaunt collaborates with teachers to develop technology-rich curriculum that is used for authentic learning. Gaunt helps students share with parents what they are learning during technology nights and STEAM nights by highlighting projects created in their Makerspace and digital stories created on the iPad.
Jamie Rowell is a 10-year teacher who completed her eighth year teaching kindergarten and will transition to first grade at Plato Elementary in Duncan, Oklahoma. Rowell collaborates with teachers to design lessons based on the principles of inquiry and discourse. An example of a project in which technology is integrated is one that helps students learn about the election process and what it means to be the president. Students use technology to vote for class activities, research information, and create comic strips and videos. Through the process, authentic engagement and shared leadership for all students was exemplified.
Jennifer Scott has taught 16 years and has spent the past 12 years teaching fourth through fifth grade math, science, and social studies at Vian Elementary School in Vian, Oklahoma. Scott enjoys planning curricula that include project-based ott lessons to foster authentic instruction that encourages higher levels of thinking and learning. Her students use technology to research and make presentations, as well as create commercials in a service learning project that assists in fundraising for a local community cause. During student-led conferences her students share their learning and creations with parents via their electronic portfolios.
Delilah Rodriguez is a fifth-year teacher and has spent the past two years teaching STEAM at Will Rogers Elementary in McAlester, Oklahoma. Rodriguez uses technology to engage students from first to fourth grade in collaboration and persistence. She incorporates team challenges that include the use of robotics to accomplish set tasks. Her students are asked to work together to plan, test, improve, and complete these tasks. Rodriguez enjoys serving as a coach in her classroom and believes technology is life for her students. She is a member of the Oklahoma Education Association and the McAlester Association of Classroom Teachers.
Janet Teel is a sixth-year fifth-grade science teacher at Marshall T. Moore Elementary School in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Teel engages her students in project-based learning in which students research, use critical thinking skills, and collaboratively problem solve. Her students use apps and Apple TV to collaborate and submit assignments. Teel challenges her students to think of technology devices as learning tools. Through authentic lessons which integrate technology, her students are becoming masters of their own learning. She serves as the Building Science Lab Coordinator and STEM Day Coordinator for her school.