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Joyce Hinkson, OTAN Director, Awarded Technology in Learning Leadership by CUE

Posted on 04/10/2014

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OTAN Director, Joyce Hinkson, received a Technology in Learning Leadership (TILL) Award from Computer Using Educators (CUE External link opens in new window or tab) at their annual conference in Palm Springs in March 2014. CUE provides leadership and support to advance student achievement in the educational technology community.

Dr. Hinkson came to the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) from the California Department of Education (CDE), Instructional Resources Unit, where she was state lead for online education. While at CDE, Joyce managed several grants and statewide projects, which included the Technology Literacy Challenge grant, Enhancing Education through Technology grant, Education K-12 Vouchers, Statewide Education Technology Services, California Technology Assistance Project, Environmental and Spatial Technology, and distance learning. She has extensive experience with education technology and has represented CDE at state and national meetings related to technology policy and for best practices in education. Since joining OTAN Joyce has supported a state-wide project with the goal to increase Access to Learning through Online Education (ALOE), presented at local and national conferences and posted over 3,600 tweets on the topic of educational technology and adult education, in addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations at OTAN.

Technology in Learning Leadership Awards recognize local, state and national leaders in educational technology. Members of the broader educational technology community (not necessarily members of CUE) are eligible for recognition in this category for their contributions to advancing the mission of the organization.

CUE TILL awards rubric specifies the following as exemplary:

  • Efforts to involve the community to facilitate partnerships with business and/or legislators to advance the use of technology in education has been effective and worthy of being imitated or modeled.
  • Work has had a significant positive impact on technology use in education; locally, regionally and/or statewide and is worthy of being imitated or modeled.
  • Work has been effective in improving the quality of education and is worthy of being imitated or modeled.
  • Impact of the quality of education and/or work experience in the nominee's workplace as a result of nominee's efforts has been effective.
  • Deliberate planning in an effort to improve education through the use of technology has been effective and worthy of being imitated or modeled.
  • Contributions to the profession by presenting at professional conferences, seminars and/or workshops or publishing articles in print or through electronic media have been effective and worthy of being imitated or modeled.
  • Nominee's work can be used as an effective model for providing educational technology leadership and  is worthy of being imitated or modeled.
  • Effective member of professional organization and is worthy of being imitated or modeled
  • Work of "Advancing Student Achievement through Technology" (mission and purpose of CUE) has been effective and is worthy of being imitated or modeled

Nominations for this category are submitted through each local CUE affiliate. Unless ineligible, award winner will become CUE's nominee for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE External link opens in new window or tab) Technology in Learning Award.

The list of past recipients including Guy Kawasaki, Jack O'Connel, Peter Reynolds, George Lucas, Steve Hargadon and many more is available on CUE's Web site External link opens in new window or tab.