Award For Blazing Trails in Technology

Palm Beach County Wins Award For Blazing Trails in Technology
Posted on 05/13/2020
Students in a classroom

The School District of Palm Beach County’s Teaching with Technology Trailblazers Program has received the 2020 EdTech Trendsetter, Group Setting a Trend Award from EdTech Digest.

The EdTech Awards were established in 2010 to recognize, acknowledge, and celebrate the most exceptional innovators, leaders, and trendsetters in education technology.

“Thank you to the entire EdTech team for building this award-winning program together. Everyone in the group is deserving of this recognition,” said Adam Miller, the District’s Director of Educational Technology.

The Teaching with Technology Trailblazer program launched in May 2017. Teachers in both elementary and secondary schools undergo extensive training to bring their skills to the classroom and train other teachers on their campus on how to integrate technology into their classrooms.

Once trained, Tech Trailblazers are the first to receive a set of Chromebooks and a SMART touch-screen flat panel whiteboard for their classroom. In order to qualify to be a Trailblazer, teachers must first complete training to become Google Classroom Certified in addition to a two-day in-person training session.

This initiative has earned the School District the distinction of having more Google Certified teachers than any school district in the nation.

The District distributed more than 25,000 Chromebooks in 2019, and the goal is for every classroom to receive a SMART interactive flat panel over the next two and a half years with funds from the Penny Sales Tax.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2020, the EdTech Awards is the largest recognition program in all of education technology, recognizing the biggest names in the field for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. 

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