The most innovative and effective uses of technology in education throughout San Diego County again will be honored on May 20, 2015. In this 12th year of the Innovation in Education Awards, brought to you by title sponsor G Force Global Technologies, the quality of nominations was markedly improved and twice as many nominations as last year were received, making judging a daunting task.
The Classroom of the Future Foundation welcomes you to join us for a night of celebration and awards presentations to local educators and students. Tickets are required to attend, but tickets and tables are still available for educators, sponsors, business leaders, students, and community leaders. Tables are $1,500 (8 seats) and individual tickets are $300 for business partners (1 seat) and $50 for educators (1 seat). You can purchase tickets online at classroomofthefuture.org/shop. For more information, contact Bruce Braciszewski at (858) 292-3685.
Here’s an exclusive preview of the award winners for 2015:
Impact Award (sponsored by G Force Global Technologies)
In only four years, the San Diego County Office of Education Leading Edge Certification for the Online and Blended Teacher program has certified more than 600 teachers from more than 50 schools, districts, and institutions of higher learning. The nationally acclaimed program provides teachers with a solid understanding of how to strengthen online and blended learning opportunities for all students.
Inspire Award (sponsored by Qualcomm)
The Feaster Charter Engineering Lab (Feaster Charter School, Chula Vista Elementary School District) has taught more than 1,475 students how to use engineering to create a prototype with the potential to change our daily lives. Projects are grade specific. For example, second graders are designing and engineering freeze panels that reflect and trap cold air to help save polar bears from global warming.
Honorable Mention: VIDA Design Lab Classes in the Vista Unified School District.
Innovate Award (sponsored by EDmin)
Design39Campus (Poway Unified School District) is challenging students to create “new learning adventures” based on their individual interests. This customized approach to education includes groups of students organized by common interest as well as learning space and equipment configurations that are adaptable to meet individual student interests.
Honorable Mention: A Model Common Core Digital District Framework in the Lakeside Union Elementary School District.
Achieve Award (sponsored by Cox Communications)
The B3techies program at Longfellow Elementary School (San Diego Unified School District) is a website and YouTube channel created by seventh graders to provide a variety of how-to and video tutorials that help educators embrace technology and enable students to learn 24/7.
Honorable Mention: Cultivating Future Health Professionals in Lemon Grove at the Lemon Grove Academy for the Sciences and Humanities.
In addition to recognition for their programs, CFF will present each winner with a check and trophy during the dinner ceremony.