The Presidential Award for Reading and Technology honors educators in grades K-12 who are making an outstanding and innovative contribution to the use of technology in reading education. The award is sponsored by PLATO Learning and is presented at the International Reading Association’s (IRA) annual convention. There will be one grand-prize winner, seven U.S. regional winners (Southeast, Plains, Rocky Mountain, Southwest, West, East, and Great Lakes), one Canadian, and one international winner. To enter, the applicant must write a description of the ways he or she has used technology to improve the reading and literacy skills of the students in his or her school. The program description must include a broad overview of the program and its goals, student population, technologies used, learning activities performed by the students, and the results achieved. The description should be no more than three pages. No videos, CD-ROMS, other media, photographs, or other materials of any kind may be submitted. The grand-prize award is $1,000, plus up to $2,000 expenses to attend the IRA convention. The nine additional winners will each receive a prize of $500. All entrants must be educators who work directly with students ages 5-18 for all or part of the working day. Completed entries must be received by November 15.
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