Virginia, AOL honor educators

Eight Virginia public school teachers and librarians were honored recently by the commonwealth and America Online Inc. for integrating technology into their school's classroom instruction and curriculum.

In a May 21 ceremony at AOL's Dulles, Va., headquarters, Gov. Jim Gilmore presented each educator with a Governor's Innovative Technology in Education Award. The winners, chosen out of 51 entries, received $1,000 each from AOL.

A governor-appointed panel evaluated entries — which consisted of lesson plans, Web sites, videos and other electronic presentations — based on their level of technological skill, curriculum integration, research, communication, motivation and evaluation.

Some of the winning instructors developed Web sites as resources for student research or to post homework assignments. Some of the winners taught skills, such as Web page design or using Microsoft Corp.'s PowerPoint, to students and faculty. Others incorporated technology into music instruction or visual arts or helped teachers develop technology lesson plans.

YooRee Oh, a spokeswoman for the governor, said it's the first time such an award was presented to teachers in the state, but it's the second time AOL has partnered with Virginia, which became the first state since September 2000 to incorporate the company's educational software into its curriculum.

A list of the winners, their accomplishments and Web sites is available at Gilmore's Web site.

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