Magazine article Teacher Librarian

Information Technology Pathfinder Awards

Magazine article Teacher Librarian

Information Technology Pathfinder Awards

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Co-sponsored by Follett Software and AASL (a division of the American Library Association), this annual award is designed to recognize and honor school library media specialists in elementary and secondary schools demonstrating vision and leadership through the use of information technology to build lifelong learners.

Sharlene Miller-Ballas from Craig House School, Pittsburgh (PA), winner in the elementary division, undertook the task of developing information technology literate students, despite the fact that Craig House School's library resource center had no budget for technology, media or library books in its 44-year history. She began by forming a technology committee that developed plans and secured funds to update and enhance technology through grants, educational redemption programs and a book fair. Then Miller-Ballas worked closely with teachers and students to integrate the technology into the curriculum. She hosted open houses to familiarize teachers with library resources and the Internet and began incorporating technology into students' daily lives to accomplish her goal.

As a result, Craig House teachers have learned to develop more innovative teaching strategies that promote hands-on learning using the technology, while the students have begun creating their own web pages and searching the library's catalog electronically for the first time. Her efforts convinced the school to add its first media budget ever into the 1999-2000 school year budget. …

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