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High school teachers inspiring students through technology
by Tribune Staff
Oct 31, 2012 | 1849 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print

SPARKS — Tech is good, a local non-profit, is launching the Tech.Inspired Teacher of the Year recognition program for the first time in Washoe County. Now through November 15 the public can vote on Facebook for their favorite Tech Inspired high school teacher to win $3,000 to use in their classroom.

One teacher was selected from each of nine participating public high schools by their Principal for being a leader in integrating technology in their classroom and beyond. Teachers were selected for inspiring students through innovative use of technology in their classroom and promoting “education in action,” such as using Facebook, online forums, creating applications, special projects or competitions. Teachers were chosen from Spanish, English, math, science, history, business and technology classes.

The grand prize winner will receive at least $3,000 for new technology of the teacher’s choice for their classroom.  Each nominated teacher has a video and bio available on

Voting takes place on Facebook. Tech is Good is utilizing a local Reno based company, Shortstack for integrating a voting based app in their Facebook page. Sponsorship support of the Tech Inspired Teacher of the Year recognition was donated by the Northern Nevada region of DaVita, Inc., which utilizes technology everyday for education and support of patients receiving kidney care and dialysis.

Public online voting will take place through Nov. 15. Voters will be directed to the Tech is good website for information, bios and videos of each nominated teacher. The public can place their vote of support for the Tech Inspired Teacher of the Year on Facebook.

Votes will be tallied throughout the entire competition, with each IP address limited to one vote per day.  The winner will be awarded based on who garnered the most votes and will be notified in December. The winning teacher will be recognized and awarded in January 2013.

Tech is Good, a local Reno based non-profit, provides scholarships and laptops to high school students overcoming extraordinary life circumstances yet have continued to excel in school and graduate from Wooster, Sparks, Hug, and North Valleys High Schools.

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