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Two county educators honored for technology efforts

February 05, 2012

Fountain Rock Elementary School Principal Mike Telemeco and Fountaindale Elementary School teacher Matthew Tack have been nominated for Outstanding Educators Using Technology awards and will be saluted at the Maryland Society for Educators in Technology conference in Baltimore on April 18 and 19.

Telemeco is nominated as an outstanding educational leader using technology and  Tack received a nomination as an outstanding educator using technology.

Telemeco made technology a priority in the Fountain Rock school improvement plan and professional development plan and has sought, acquired and allocated funding from grants, foundations and other sources toward technology needs.

Among other additions and upgrades, Fountain Rock was outfitted with Xirrus WiFi capabilities, acquired its first mobile computer lab and received an upgrade of a stationary lab in the library media center.

State-of-the-art technology like iPods, iPads, document cameras, projectors, Promethean ActivExpression Student Response systems, Flipcams, digital voice recorders, desktop and mini computers, wireless Internet access and classroom computer labs have enabled teachers to enhance classroom learning for students.

Telemeco has also made extensive use of technology in professional development work with teachers.

Tack teaches fifth grade at Fountaindale Elementary School for the Arts and Academic Excellence. He successfully integrates technology into all content areas, and uses a variety of instructional tools with students, including Gaggle, blogs, podcasting, Glogster, Stixy, Weebly and wikis on a daily basis.

Tack also extends his knowledge and abilities to co-workers at Fountaindale to help them develop assignments and projects using technology for their classrooms.

In addition, he is a member of the Instructional Technology Leadership Cohort and the 21st Century Skills professional learning group, both at the county level.

The groups are helping develop a long-term plan for technology use and professional development in Washington County Public Schools. 

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