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EPA teacher wins award for using tech in classroom

Original post made on Aug 10, 2012

When Robert Pronovost started teaching at Belle Haven Elementary in 2007, the only tech in his classroom was three aging desktop computers. Now, his classroom collection includes a class set of MacBooks, four iPads, a class set of iPod touches, an eBeam interactive whiteboard, a Mac Mini, a projector, an Apple TV, and numerous other small pieces such as speakers and a Bamboo tablet.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 10, 2012, 3:19 PM

Comments (3)

Posted by Thankful Parent, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 10, 2012 at 9:01 pm

The world needs more teacher like Mr. Pronovost. The students are lucky to have you. It seems so unfair that the students in the neighbor city (Palo Alto)have so much, and Raveswood have not. You are making a difference in the life of your students.


Posted by Educating-With-Technology-Where-Teachers-Fail, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 11, 2012 at 7:31 am

Congratulations to Robert Pronovost for his good work and award.

Unfortunately, this article doesn't do justice to a topic like this. For instance, who (or what) is the International Society for Technology in Education?

Here's a link to their web-site:
Web Link
ISTE members include individuals, affiliate organizations, and corporations:
18,500 individual members from more than 80 countries worldwide
80 affiliate organizations
6 affiliate regions worldwide
60 corporations worldwide

Given that there are upwards of 3M K-12 teachers in the US alone, this organization may not be very significant in the world of educational technology.

What's also missing in this article is how this fellow came to the attention of the organization, so that he could be considered for this award. Did he apply for it, or someone else submit his name/school for consideration?

There is no mention of the measurable effects of this technology on his students' performance. Certainly Mr. Pronovost would have test data to offer in order to justify his work, and his award.

Ravenswood has a published technology plan:

Web Link

It would be interesting to see how Mr. Pronovost's efforts aligned with the published goals of the District.

Lastly, the question needs to be asked: If Mr. Pronovost can do this, why can't all the teachers in the Ravenswood District do the same?


Posted by Lexie, a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 24, 2012 at 9:48 am

I think this article is an excellent overview of this topic.


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