META Awards 

 2018 META TECHNOLOGIST OF THE YEAR - Brian Norwood  

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Mr. Brian Norwood, Senior Information Technology Director at Lolo Public Schools, was selected as the recipient of the prestigious 2018 META Technologist of the Year at the 4th annual Montana Educational Technologists Association's (META) METAtechED Spring Conference held March 19-21 in Helena.

This award was established to recognize the fine achievements and successes of Montana K-12 School Technologists.  META awards this honor to a technologist who has had a significant impact on the future technology readiness of their school district, who exhibits an exemplary level of collegiality and leadership, and who displays the ability to create change within their district.

Mr. Norwood has been an influential member of the educational technology community for many years, dating back to before META’s inception. In his nomination letter, Lolo Superintendent Dale Olinger stated, “Brian embodies a good-natured, articulate, and knowledgeable technology director who is a role model for all of Montana and the nation. His work raises the bar for what a technologist can and should be. Brian is an incredible asset to Montana’s public school children, and we’re extraordinarily fortunate to have him at Lolo Schools.”  Because of his extensive background, knowledge, and dedication; he has not only brought the district’s technology infrastructure up to standards but has cultivated a positive culture around technology in a short time.  Mr. Norwood is just completing a two-year term as META’s President-Elect and will serve as President of the organization for the next two years. 

META is comprised of educational technologists united for the purpose of advocating for and supporting the visions, policies, practices, and funding for technology within all aspects of teaching, learning, and professional productivity and supporting the education of all Montana children.  META and the School Administrators of Montana (SAM) members congratulate Mr. Brian Norwood for being selected to receive this award.  

2018 META Empowered Superintendent of the Year - Jim Howard

Jim Howard Emp Sup.jpg - 1.21 MbMr. Jim Howard, Superintendent at Bonner School District, was selected as the recipient of the prestigious 2018 META Empowered Superintendent of the Year at the 4th annual Montana Educational Technologists Association’s (META) METAtechED Spring Conference held March 19-21 in Helena. This is the first time this award has been presented.

Stemming from the Empowered Superintendent Program sponsored by the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN), the META Empowered Superintendent of the Year Award recognizes a school superintendent who is not only a school district leader but also a leader and supporter in the use of technology within their school district. The META Empowered Superintendent of the Year Award is given in recognition of a Montana school superintendent who supports the power of technology in engaging students and faculty and envisions the promise of emerging educational applications of technology to better prepare students for a competitive, digital world.

Mr. Howard has taken many actions that support the implementation of technology in the Bonner School District.  He has helped to increase the student to computer ratio and to implement a new computer coding class elective that also has a unit on robotics and 3D printing.  Mr. Howard has pushed for a network infrastructure overhaul of the district’s standard cable Internet, leading to increased bandwidth via fiber optic cable, which has increased the district’s Internet speed drastically.  He has played an integral role in implementing a mass-messaging system via mobile texts that enables immediate contact of staff members, substitute teachers, and parents. Mr. Howard also supported and enacted the purchase of a Kubi Robot to assist a student who was unable to attend school for medical reasons.  The student could “go” from class to class and sit in on lessons via an iPad with Skype. 

“It is an honor to recognize Mr. Howard as the recipient of the first META Empowered Superintendent Award,” stated Kirk Miller, Executive Director of the School Administrators of Montana (SAM).  “His commitment to providing exceptional leadership in supporting the Bonner School District’s goals toward transforming education and improving student learning through technology is commendable.”  

META is comprised of educational technologists united for the purpose of advocating for and supporting the visions, policies, practices, and funding for technology within all aspects of teaching, learning, and professional productivity and supporting the education of all Montana children.  META and the School Administrators of Montana (SAM) members congratulate Mr. Jim Howard for being selected to receive this award.  


META Technologist of the Year  

The Montana Educational Technologists Association (META) presents the Montana K-12 School Technologist of the Year Program. This award is established to recognize the fine achievements and successes of a Montana K-12 School Technologist (Tech Coordinator, Tech Director, Tech Specialist, etc) at the State level. Eligible candidates for this award must be 17-18 META members.

 
NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR 17-18.  PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR NOMINATIONS TO OPEN IN JANUARY OF 2019.

2018 META TECHNOLOGIST OF THE YEAR - Brian Norwood  

 

META Empowered Superintendent of the Year

The Montana Educational Technologists Association (META) presents the first META Empowered Superintendent of the Year Award Program (not to be confused with the MASS/AASA Superintendent of the Year). The META Board of Directors felt this type of award should be established to recognize a school superintendent who consistently and passionately provides educational technology leadership, support, understanding and guidance in working with their school technologist(s) to create a successful and efficient system of technology supported education. In order for the superintendent to be considered for this award, he/she should demonstrate the following criteria:

1. Must be a current Superintendent in the State of Montana and be a member of the Montana Association of School Superintendents (MASS).

2. Has worked to effectively integrate the use of technology in the day-to-day operation of their educational organization.

3. Ensures that technology resources are equitably distributed among students and staff.  Works hard for adequate funding for instructional technology.

4. Has worked to develop professional development as a component of every technology initiative as well as working to adequately fund that professional development into the future.

5. Demonstrates exceptional Leadership and vision in the development and implementation of a district-wide technology plan.  Follows up on the progress of that plan.

6. Exhibits a thorough understanding of the role of technology in education and can articulate that understanding to all school district stakeholders. Continues to seek out  new ways of integrating instructional technology by working with teachers and staff.

7. Provides exceptional leadership in supporting the integration of technology into the curriculum and is always looking forward for new integration paths.

8. Demonstrates exceptional vision in employing technology to streamline school district business operations.

9. Demonstrates curiosity and open-mindedness in considering emerging technologies and weighing non-traditional solutions to traditional problems.  Works with all stakeholders on possible new innovations in instructional technology.

10. Thinks creatively and strategically about the long-term challenges and opportunities of technology in the school district and in education at large.

 NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR 17-18.  PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR NOMINATIONS TO OPEN IN JANUARY OF 2019.

2018 META Empowered Superintendent of the Year - Jim Howard