ST. JOHNSBURY -- Josh Seamon, St. Johnsbury Academy's director of Technology Integration, has announced the latest recipient of a grant awarded to encourage entrepreneurial teachers to put technology to use in their classrooms.

David Hale, Culinary Arts instructor in the Academy's Career and Technical Education program, is the winner. In his proposal, Hale advocated for using his grant funds to purchase video cameras for the Hilltopper Restaurant to be used to record kitchen demonstrations.

"These short videos will be posted online for student review as an additional resource for learning technique." Hale also looks forward to the next stage of implementing his new technology. "I would like to develop an individual practice test that could be recorded and then discussed with the student during a follow up evaluation."

Seamon's project is the latest in example of the Academy's efforts to continue to lead its peer schools in technology integration and instruction. He started the grant program last year with a goal "to provide teachers with a modest sum of money that they could use to purchase technology or to participate in technology training that would improve teaching and learning in their classes."

To determine how to award funds for this program, Seamon decided to create a process for teachers to apply for $250 grants to be awarded regularly throughout the school year. Anyone who teaches at the Academy is eligible to apply. Seamon evaluates applications based on potential instructional impact, creativity, and the ability of the project to be replicated.


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