Celebrating Educator Excellence with our First-Ever Discovery Schooling Award Recipients

McKenna Akane, Alberton College District, Montana

McKenna Akane designs classes which can be interactive, related, and significant by connecting classroom ideas to real-world purposes and experiences. Whether or not by means of subject journeys, visitor audio system, or project-based studying actions, she helps college students see the sensible implications of what they’re studying, sparking their curiosity and engagement.

Mrs. Akane has developed a proposal for a Digital Actuality (VR) undertaking and curriculum that may really revolutionize the way in which college students throughout the nation study and work together with Montana’s Indigenous group. Working along with the College of Montana, Blackfoot Communications, and several other different native partnerships, she has developed a Okay-12 undertaking to supply significant Indian Schooling for All experiences. Using high-powered computer systems and 360-degree cameras, college students will attain out to Montana First Nations to file language, cultural traditions, ceremonies, and doc tribal historical past from totally different Nations. In partnership with a VR schooling firm, her college students will then create VR classes and excursions and add them to the corporate’s course choices the place different college students the world over will be capable of join and work together with Montana’s Indigenous Individuals nearly.

Frank Bogden, Loudoun County Public Colleges, Virginia 

Mr. Bodgen makes use of a wide range of supplies, expertise, and sources to advertise the event of essential considering, downside fixing, and efficiency abilities in all college students. Mr. Bogden has gone from creating Genius Hours in his classroom to making a Makerspace full with LEGO bricks, Ozobots, Makey Makeys, and two 3-D Printers! He’s significantly happy with how he mentioned and used inexperienced screens for a myriad of makes use of for college students. His classes have impressed college students to use numerous greens screens to create tales, present summaries, and create experiences on a wide range of tutorial matters. 

Mr. Bogden can also be credited with bringing pc science and Discovery Schooling sources into each classroom within the faculty! There have been many academics who didn’t learn about Discovery Schooling and didn’t know their college students may full many pc science initiatives and ideas. The progressive initiatives Mr. Bodgen has spearheaded present real-world connections, foster curiosity, and acknowledge the distinctiveness of every pupil.

Rodney Crouse, Guilford County Colleges, North Carolina

Rodney Crouse captures moments to hook and depart college students on the sting of their seats when he’s instructing. He finds artistic and invigorating methods to take college students on an incredible studying journey. He infuses content material throughout all core topics to make studying time significant for all ranges of learners.

Mr. Crouse lately organized a digital subject journey touring an area museum, the Greensboro Historical past Museum. He knew that college students could not be capable of see or really feel the artifacts and that it was vital to get them as shut as doable. 

The nomination for Mr. Crouse defined, “He appears to be like for brand spanking new challenges and methods to evolve as an educator. It’s like he’s on a real-time mission and in search of the colleges/college students who want him, and he works with district curriculum workers to create items for instructor use. Whenever you watch him train, he engages and connects with each learner within the course of. That’s how he writes items and plans classeswith college students on the middle of the training.”

Debbie Martin, Frederick County Public Colleges, Virginia 

Debbie Martin evokes different academics to make the most of sources, together with Discovery Schooling instruments, to permit college students to independently uncover, work collaboratively, and entry curriculum in a approach that helps them make sense of the world. Ms. Martin takes a vested curiosity in all she works with, each adults and college students, to make sure they’ve entry to the very best high quality educational help and sources.

Ms. Martin led the district to extend the usage of Discovery Schooling as a significant and intentional useful resource that drives pupil studying, particularly in social research and science. Ms. Martin used her data of Discovery Schooling instruments, alongside along with her pleasure, to assist academics discover precious instruments to supply direct instruction, unbiased discovery for college students, collaborative actions, and even leveled studying. 

As Ms. Martin wraps up her profession as an educator, her development is immeasurable. Her means to teach academics in order that they’re driving their very own studying and discovery of sources is impeccable. Ms. Martin is aware of that everybody has totally different wants and continues to develop her methods and sources to assist others do the identical!

Rita Mortenson, Verona Space College District, Wisconsin

Rita Mortenson is a expertise coach who helps educators develop their capability to make use of expertise in equitable, artistic, and significant methods. She loves discovering artistic methods to nurture pupil curiosity and permit them to showcase their data authentically. 

Within the Verona Space College District, Ms. Mortenson has used Discovery Digital Subject Journeys to pair highschool college students with numerous grades for collaborative studying occasions. After watching the digital subject journey, highschool college students and college students from totally different grades have interaction in actions that deepen understanding and create connections. For instance, after college students watched the Discovery Schooling/LEGO Digital Subject Journey ‘Play to Be taught,’ college students from a neighboring elementary faculty got here to the highschool to work with a robotics class. That they had a chance to construct and play with LEGO bricks and robots.

When she first joined the Discovery Educator Community, Ms. Mortenson was an enthusiastic participant, and over time, she has advanced as a pacesetter. She lately offered on the DENSI Summer season 2023 Institute, the 2023 Fall Virtcon, the 2024 “24+ Methods to Use DE in 2024,” and has a proposal accepted at ISTE that may give attention to DE Digital Subject Journeys. Ms. Mortenson’s involvement with DE displays her dedication to her personal studying and her contributions to instructional expertise development in her group.

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