NCCE's A Minute with Maria: Microsoft Edge Quick Launch

We are excited to launch a new feature on the Tech Savvy Teacher blog: A Minute with Maria. We have profiled Maria Turner before on the blog as she has a wealth of teaching and training experience. Look for "A Minute with Maria" a few times each month as she shares quick tips and tricks to help you be tech savvy in your classroom! With over 25 years of educational experience, Maria Turner has always worked to bring curriculum to life by challenging her students with real life problem solving opportunities. After earning her Master’s in Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction, she had the opportunity to work with classroom teachers infusing technology into their ongoing units and extending learning opportunities beyond the classroom and school walls. Maria is one of the...Read More

NCCE Member Highlight: Russ Hendrickson

Our members are weaving the threads of education every day with people of all ages across the country. They are involved in improving lives and the overall well-being of our communities. With over 4000 members strong, NCCE would like to introduce you to a few peers. Every month we will take a snapshot of active NCCE members and find out what they are doing to make a difference in technology education. In it Together: NCCE Members Making a Difference Learn more about the leadership and members who contribute to Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE). NAME and TITLE: Russ Hendrickson, Senior Information Systems Manager SCHOOL DISTRICT: Missoula County Public Schools NCCE MEMBER SINCE: Originally from 1996, renewed again in 2017 Share with us – what is one new initiative...Read More

 

 

 

 


NCCE is a professional learning organization for educators and hosts the largest education conference in the Northwest. Founded in 1971, NCCE has a solid foundation advocating for the effective use of technology in education.  With a focus on 21st Century skills, NCCE works to provide best practices to educators with the goal of enhancing student success. 

NCCE provides resources and innovative professional learning opportunities to educational communities throughout their career. Our professional learning specialists have a broad range of expertise and provide customizable, relevant training on topics important to educators.  NCCE works with K-20 educators and pre-service teachers to personalize learning experiences and strategically align technology initiatives with other state, district and school initiatives.

NCCE partners with educators, educational leaders, affiliates and corporations to enhance teaching and learning through our conference, professional development and resources.  An affiliate organization of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), NCCE has a membership base from Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

Justin Grillo – NCCE Technology Teacher of the Year

Our NCCE Technology Teacher of the year is described as having a profound influence on the use of technology by both students and teachers at his school. Here are just a few examples:

  • His students are thrilled because they have grown up in a world of technology and their 3rd grade experience makes school a natural extension of their interests and abilities.
  • He uses Flip video to record student discussions as they conduct science experiments.
  • For writing class, he projects a piece of writing and moves around the room with his wireless mouse to show suggested edits with the class.
  • His students use Photopoint monitoring software to record change over time of a specific outdoor place.
  • Class student achievement data is kept on graphs.
  • One of his parents called him a “genius” because of the way he uses technology to teach, motivate, inspire, inform, and engage his students.
  • Another parent wrote, “Unfortunately, my son had to serve an in-school suspension. He connected my son with a laptop via Skype so he could see and hear what was happening in the classroom and not miss classroom instruction.”
  • A colleague said that he is not a good teacher, but a great teacher because of how he uses technology in his teaching and student learning.

According to his principal, Cathi Nelson, what Justin Grillo of the Waterville School District does with technology to help his students learn and share their learning is nothing short of a “miracle”. Justin uses technology if it can help with instruction, learning, or assisting students to share their learning with others with a focus on making the learning more relevant and meaningful.