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Longwood’s ITTIP receives Governor’s Technology Award

September 14, 2010

A Governor’s Technology Award was accepted by (from left) Bill Wilson of the SVRTC, Dr. Mano Talaiver of the ITTIP, and Dr. Deneese Jones and Dr. Ken Perkins of Longwood. A Governor’s Technology Award was accepted by (from left) Bill Wilson of the SVRTC, Dr. Mano Talaiver of the ITTIP, and Dr. Deneese Jones and Dr. Ken Perkins of Longwood.

Longwood University's Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP), with its partner the Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium (SVRTC), has received a statewide technology award for its collaborative learning opportunities for teachers and students.

The ITTIP was one of two winners in the Innovation in Higher Education category in the Governor's Technology Awards, presented Sept. 7 at the 2010 Commonwealth of Virginia's Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS) in Richmond. The award was presented by Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and was accepted by Dr. Manorama (Mano) Talaiver, ITTIP director; Bill Wilson, SVRTC senior technology engineer; Dr. Deneese Jones, dean of the College of Education and Human Services; and Dr. Ken Perkins, interim vice president for academic affairs.

The award was based on the ITTIP's and SVRTC's ongoing work of implementing and demonstrating the effective use of a wide range of technology tools and applications. These include interactive videoconferencing; a videobridge to connect multiple points; webconferencing; virtualization, an open-classroom server for wiki; Moodle, an open-source content management system; and Elgg, an open-source social networking engine.

"With limited resources these days, collaboration is critical for successful implementation of programs," said Talaiver. "I am very excited that SVRTC and ITTIP continue their collaboration under Longwood University's leadership and support."

The ITTIP, founded in 1999 and based in South Boston, is a K-12 educational outreach of Longwood that helps teachers integrate technology and disseminates research-based best practices in schools. It serves 35 school divisions in Central and Southside Virginia. The ITTIP since 2007 has worked with students, many from low-income backgrounds, to explore careers related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through game design. Longwood has been SVRTC's administrative agent since 2000.

The awarding of more degrees in STEM fields is one of the main goals of the Grow by Degrees campaign (http://www.growbydegrees.org/) launched by the Virginia Business Higher Education Council in June 2009. Longwood supports this effort, which seeks to award more degrees with a concentration on high-income, high demand sectors such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and Longwood works with K-12 to encourage interest in these fields.

COVITS annually brings together senior-level executives and technology decision makers from state and local government, business, and education to identify, discuss and propose solutions to Virginia's critical technology issues. There were a total of 13 winners in six categories in the Governor's Technology Awards.