Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

No More Excuses-Children's Lives Are at Stake

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

No More Excuses-Children's Lives Are at Stake

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In case you had not yet noticed it on our Web site, in press releases or on ISTE's Web site, the 2005 Sylvia Charp Award is now open to receive applications (just log on to www.thejournal.com/ISTECharpAward before March 4, 2005, to apply). This is the second annual award program in honor of the late Dr. Sylvia Charp, T.H.E. Journal's former editor-in-chief, and her groundbreaking contributions and extended service to the educational technology community. Irving Independent School District of Irving, Texas, was the recipient of the first Charp Award.

Again this year, T.H.E. Journal and ISTE will recognize one school district that exhibits effectiveness and innovation in the application of technology districtwide. The award will be presented at NECC 2005 in Philadelphia at the end of June. By identifying examples of effective and innovative practices with technology, both of our organizations hope to provide authentic models that will stimulate systemic efforts in districts nationwide.

If you ever had a conversation with Sylvia, you probably remember her in-your-face style of asking questions. As an assistant commissioner with responsibility for technology (among other departments) in Texas, I often was on the receiving end of Sylvia's uncompromising questions. I ran into her on the floor of the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) one year, and she asked what I thought was new and exciting. I named a product that I had just seen and she said, "What's so great about that? The technology is limited, the instructional design is old, and they don't offer any training. I'm disappointed in you; look at it again. …

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