Smithsburg Middle School Principal Michael Kuhaneck and Jamie Hade, fourth-grade teacher at Pangborn Elementary School, have been nominated for awards by the Maryland Society for Educational Technology.
Kuhaneck was nominated for the Outstanding Technology Leader in Education Award and Hade was nominated for an Outstanding Educator Using Technology Award.
At Smithsburg Middle School, Kuhaneck has made the use of technology a priority, committing time, energy and resources in professional development for his staff, and providing a technology-rich environment to improve student learning and performance in the classroom.
Smithsburg Middle has piloted the use of the Edline program for online grading, homework posting and facilitation of home/school communication.
Kuhaneck also has sought and acquired technology resources for his classrooms.
Each teacher has a laptop computer, an LCD multimedia projector, a document camera and an interactive pad.
In addition, the school is integrating technology that includes classroom response systems, flip cameras, voice-recording programs, and interactive boards and pads.
As a presenter at conferences, Kuhaneck has highlighted the use of technology at his school.
He has also mobilized fundraising efforts through the school’s parent organization to acquire hardware and has encouraged his staff to apply for a variety of county and state grants focused on technology integration and utilization.
At Pangborn Elementary School, Hade makes extensive use of technology to enhance learning in his fourth-grade classroom.
He uses Google, blogs, podcasting, Glogster and wikis in his daily instruction, weaving the technology into all content areas.
He has extended that experience to parents by providing training on how to help their children at home with homework, assignments and projects.
Hade also is involved at the county level in developing a vision for future technology use and professional development.