District Honored as 2017 Schools of TechXcellence

District Administration magazine honored 19 schools and districts in math instruction and makerspace initiatives as part of the new Schools of TechXcellence program. This is the inaugural round of honorees for this new national recognition program. TechXcellence was created by District Administration magazine, in conjunction with HP and Intel, to recognize schools that have implemented innovative, effective and replicable technology programs that contribute meaningfully to student or operational success. The June 2017 honorees were selected by the program’s judges from numerous nominations, and reflect programs that demonstrate effective and replicable success. The 19 schools and districts honored in this round of TechXcellence-from 14 states-have launched math instruction and makerspace programs that incorporate technology powered by Intel, including laptops, tablets and 3D printers.

Cedar Falls Community School District is being recognized for its “Makerspace Labs” program, which puts 3D printers, robots, video cameras and manufacturing equipment in schools, allowing students to create, experiment and innovate on their own terms. The initiative fosters hands-on and self-guided learning, and increases student engagement in STEM subjects. The Cedar Falls Community School District initiative underscores the importance of embracing technology as part of the education process moving forward in the 21st century.  

“What these stories tell us is that innovation may be powered by the latest devices and applications, but it is fueled by the creativity, vision and drive of teachers, principals and district leaders,” says JD Solomon, editorial director at District Administration magazine. “We hope our readers are inspired by the integration of technology demonstrated by these honorees to launch similar initiatives in their own schools.”

To view a full list of honorees visit www.districtadministration.com/techx.

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