Dear Virtual Environments Pioneer of the Year award nominees and nominators,
We want to thank you for nominating someone (or having been nominated!) for the ISTE VEN 2018 Pioneer of the Year Award. In past years to date, we have held the announcement of the award until the conference. This year, ISTE has already contacted the recipients with congratulations! As a result, we feel it only right to let everyone know the results (though the official award will be bestowed at the conference proper).This year’s ISTE Virtual Environments Pioneer of the Year Award goes to our own Mary Howard!
Mary has worked tirelessly as an advocate for the integration of cutting edge technologies in the classroom. As a sixth-grade teacher, Mary has students working within an Open Simulator (The Islands of Enlightenment) platform to enhance her curriculum and ignites students’ passion for learning through game-based experiences, virtual scavenger hunts, 3D building opportunities and more! She has presented for 9 years at the statewide ISTE affiliate conference (NYSCATE) and was recognized in NYSCATE Volunteer Hall of Fame where she serves on the board and planning committee.
Mary’s ISTE involvement increases every year and this is her 4th year as a presenter. She’s provided two Expert Speaker Series webinars and is an active VEN PLN leader, stepping up into Co-Chair position for 2018-19. Mary was recognized as a 2018 New York State Teacher of the Year finalist.
Even in a brief conversation with Mary you will recognize that technology is her passion. You’ll also likely walk away with a tip or two that you can take back to your classroom! She shares her experiences with digital VR/AR and other EdTech strategies on her blog, http://www.yoursmarticles.blogspot.com
. Other valuable insights about Mary’s work can be found at the following links:https://www.iste.org/explore/articleDetail?articleid=2146&category=Computer-Science&article=Harness+the+power+of+3D+models+in+the+classroomhttp://Goo.gl/fNnFVz Https://youtu.be/nS-WiavY_woHttps://Youtu.be/mBfy5CHVE2M
Please congratulate Mary Howard when you see her, be it at ISTE18 in Chicago or online in any of the myriad ways she makes her presence, her experience, and her smile moving forces in the world of educational technology.
Finally, four other nominees will be honored with Certificates of Recognition —at our annual meeting at ISTE2018 after our Playground (Monday, June 27, at 11:00am)—for their outstanding work in virtual environments. These deserving educators made this year’s decision even more difficult than in previous years.
Please also congratulate:
Renne Emiko Brock
and Barbara Seaton
All best, y'all, and hugs all around,
Scott and Andy