The CUE conference started off with a bang this last weekend as the organization gave two awards to DEN stars. Jannita Demian, who we still claim as our California DEN mother, was awarded the Technology in Learning Leadership Award. This is given out to a member of the educational technology community whose contributions advance the mission of CUE. Mike Lawrence, the Executive Director of CUE, recognized that Jannita’s enthusiasm inspires teachers all over the country. Jannita’s husband and parents were in attendance to watch her accept the award, and the first few rows in the large hall were filled with exuberant DEN members. Check out her unique acceptance speech video link below. Kim got a little excited and started clapping with camera in-hand – we’ll excuse her for getting lost in the excitement. Those with balance issues and any Houghton-Mifflin representatives beware:
DEN stars Karl Forest and Karen Green each won the Gold Disk Award for their contributions to educational technology and their long-term commitment to CUE. Carol Anne McGuire also received the Oustanding Teacher award for her work with visually impaired students and the “Rock Our World” international collaboration project. Discovery Education is proud to have these outstanding amongst it’s many talented teachers and for their contributions to DEN. Way to bring home the hardware!