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

Charp-En Up Those Entries: 'Tis the Season to Bestow Our Annual Award for the Innovative Use of Technology. Get Your Application In!

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

Charp-En Up Those Entries: 'Tis the Season to Bestow Our Annual Award for the Innovative Use of Technology. Get Your Application In!

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YOU OFTEN SEE various forms of the word innovate in the pages of this magazine. Last month we featured a dozen innovators who are doing interesting and exciting things with technology to help kids learn. Our attention to innovators and their innovations returns this month as it is once again time for us to begin accepting applications for the Sylvia Charp Award for District Innovation in Technology. This is the fourth year that T.H.E. Journal and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE; www.iste.org) have joined forces to identify and recognize a school district that has demonstrated distinctive innovation in the effective application of technology.

The award's namesake, Sylvia Charp, was the founding editor-in-chief of T.H.E. in 1972. She shaped the magazine from its launch until her death in 2003 as the result of injuries from an auto accident. Considering what a minimal profile education technology had in the early 1970s, it is remarkable that she and T.H.E.'s founding publisher, the late Ed Warnshuis, had the vision for a magazine dedicated to the subject. Don Knezek, ISTE's chief executive officer, wanted to honor Sylvia for her longtime support of ISTE over the years, including her involvement in technology and education internationally. She was a consultant to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (www.unesco.org) and worked with numerous countries to assist them in the use of technology in education.

All who were close to Sylvia valued her uncompromising, in-your-face attitude. As Steven Gilbert, president of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology (TLT) Group wrote in a message posted on the company's website (www. tltgroup.org) after Sylvia's death: "She never tolerated any pretense, self-importance, or shallow thinking in herself or others. …

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