ITTIP February 2017 Newsletter

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ITTIP Receives Two New Grants The new year brought many new op-

Recruitement from the seven partnering

portunities to the offices of ITTIP. We

schools (Amelia, Appomattox, Bucking-

learned about two new grant awards that

ham, Cumberland, Halifax, Nottoway, and

will bring both a student program and a

Prince Edward) will begin this spring.

teacher program to rural southside Virginia


for a student program from the Verizon

The second grant was funded

One grant, Inspiring Teachers for Engaged

Upcoming events

Learners (InTEL), was funded through the State Council of Higher Education of Vir-

Feb 13 IMPRES, Webinar IV

ginia (SCHEV) to support twenty teachers, grades 3-8. The grant will provide professional development on the integration of

The mission of ITTIP is to transform teaching and learning in PK-12 classrooms through the use of technology by providing high-quality professional development for educators and engaging programs for students, in order to maximize the learning experiences and opportunities in a globally competitive workforce.

Above: Hummingbird Robotics, coming soon to middle school students through Verizon Grant.

technology, pedagogy that supports alter-

Foundation, and will provide support for

native assessments (PBL), and global col-

two after-school robotics programs in the spring and fall. This grant will provide 30 middle schools students with the opportu-

Feb 15 SVRTC Meeting, Nottoway, Virginia Feb 17 Employee Service Awards, Longwood University, Farmville, Virgnia Feb 28 TES: MMW Spring Online Course Begins

nity to build and program a robot with the Above: LittleBits’ electronics, coming soon to schools through professional developement funded by a SCHEV grant.

laboration in order to promote critical and creative thinking, collaboration, communication, and citizenship (5Cs) and improve student achievement in the classroom through increased student engagement.

Hummingbird Robotics Kit. More information on each of the grants can be found on our STEM Programs website page, or on the individual grant page: InTEL

In This Issue Page 1 Grant Announcements Page 2 ITTIP Employee Recognition Page 3 SVRTC Banquet

Hummingbird Robotics for Middle School Students (Verizon)

Page 4 EdTech RVA Conference

February Megabite - Longwood University ITTIP


Two ITTIP Employees Receive Service Awards Longwood University hosts an Annual

known as Global PRiSE.

Service Awards event that recognizes

Barbara Scott has been with ITTIP since

full-time employees for their total years of

2003, first as a part-time administrative

full-time service with the Commonwealth

assistant. Barbara was hired full-time in

of Virginia. The recognition is made in

2012 as Logistics Coordinator and is being

five-year increments of service. This year,

recognized for her 5 years of full-time ser-

ITTIP has two members from their depart- vice. As Logistics Coordinator, she handles ment that will be accepting the award.

all logistics of ITTIP projects. In addition,

Stephanie Playton has been an employee of

Mrs. Scott provides administrative sup-

Longwood University as a STEM Learning

port to ITTIP and SVRTC. Recently, in

Specialist at ITTIP for five years. She has

an effort to enhance her skills, Barbara has

a Master’s degree in Education with 15+

completed classes in website design and

years experience in PK-12 classrooms. She

computer graphics.

is currently pursuing her PhD at Texas Tech

The ITTIP office staff looks forward to cel-

University in Curriculum and Instruction

ebrating Ms. Scott and Ms. Playton’s years

with specialization in STEM Education,

of service at ITTIP during the University event.

Above: Stephanie Playton, STEM Learning Specialist, ITTIP

Above: Barbara Scott, Logistics Coordinator, ITTIP

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February 2017 Megabite - Longwood University ITTIP

Nominations Open for Annual SVRTC Banquet Awards


EdTechRVA Conference

As the fiscal and administrative agent for

day, March 23, 2017 at Longwood Univer-

The EdTechRVA 2017 Conference,

the Southside Virginia Regional Technology

sity in the Nance Room of the Dorrill Din-

sponsored by the Greater Richmond

Consortium (SVRTC), ITTIP is excited

ing Hall. Upcoming information regarding

Area Education Technology Consortium

to announce the 11th Annual Technology

registration will be announced soon.

(GRAETC), is just around the corner!

Awards Banquet. This annual banquet pro-

SVRTC serves 25 rural school divisions in

The one-day educational technology event

vides an opportunity for school employees

southside Virginia including Amelia, Appo-

is taking place March 8, 2017, at Virginia

and one school division to be recognized

mattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Char-

Commonwealth University.

for their exemplar work in instructional

lotte, Colonial Heights, Cumberland, Dan-

Registration is now open, but don’t wait,

technology, technology leadership, and

as it sold out early last year.You can also

technology support. Currently, the con-

view the conference schedule online, or

sortium is accepting nominations from the

visit GRAETC’s designated conference

SVRTC division partners for the following

page for more information.


Longwood University is a proud partner of EdTechRVA’s annual conference, and

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SVRTC Technology Division Award SVRTC Technology Leadership Award SVRTC Technology Teacher Award SVRTC Instructional Technology Support Award SVRTC Technology Support Award

More information can be found on the SVRTC Banquet application flyer. Please make sure your SVRTC division is represented by submitting your nominations by February 17, 2017. The awards banquet will be held on Thurs-

an Executive Committee member of GRAETC. This year, Longwood University’s ITTIP will host a Partner Pop-Up on the second floor of the conference location. In addition, Dr. Paula Leach, ville, Dinwiddie, Franklin City Greensville,

Director of ITTIP, will be presenting Prob-

Halifax, Henry, Hopewell, Lunenburg,

lem-based Interdisciplinary STEM with

Martinsville City, Mecklenburg, Nottoway,

Hummingbird Robotics at 11:00 am.

Patrick, Petersburg, Pittsylvania, Prince

The EdTechRVA 2017 Conference is sure

Edward, Prince George, South Hampton,

to be a success! You can also follow them

and Sussex counties. For more informa-

on Twitter or Facebook for updates.

tion, please visit the SVRTC website.