Penta teacher wins tech award PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Arts & Entertainment Editor   
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 10:47
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David Harms poses with his award for Commitment and Innovation in Educational Technology (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
At Penta the Board of Education is often treated to news of students winning awards for their accomplishments.
But earlier this month it was social studies teacher Dave Harms' turn in the spotlight. The day before he was named the 2013 Outstanding Technology-Using Teacher of the Year for Ohio by the Instructional Technology Partnership of Ohio and the International Society for Technology in Education.
"It's required for our students to have access to information in different ways," said Academic Supervisor Ryan Lee, who along with social student instructor Mark Smith, nominated Harms for the honor.
"The classroom has changed to meet students' needs. Mr. Harms takes it to a new level."
Using a range of digital tools and social media applications, Harms, a Walbridge resident, helps students find and present information. That can mean creating a Fakebook page for George Washington, he told the board.
In a statement released by Penta, he stated: "I feel it's important to train students on technology they are going to be expected to know in college and the workplace. The students are positive about these technology-based lessons because they can access assignments before and after class."
It's not only students who benefit from Harms' knowledge of digital devices, Smith said. "Anytime I need some help, I know where to go to."
Superintendent Ron Matter said that students have access to iPads, but some prefer to use their own devices.
Also at the meeting the board learned from Monica Dansack, public information coordinator, that one of the career center's television advertisements recently won a Telly award.
The spot created by the agency Hanson Inc. of Maumee has been used by the school for two years, Dansack said.
"Of all the commercials I've helped produce for Penta, this one got the most rave reviews," she said.
Still it is time to create a new spot, she said.
Also, Treasurer Carrie Herringshaw announced that the school received $80,000 from the funds generated by the state's casinos.
 

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