Malow teacher honored for promoting excellence in technology education
Malow teacher honored for promoting excellence in technology education
Posted on 03/30/2017
Grunow receiving her award

Malow Junior High School Digital and Media Design Teacher Kathryn Grunow has been honored statewide for her work to promote a web-based professional resource initiative to improve technology education.

Grunow received the 2016-2017 Frank Miracola 21st Century Educational Excellence Award from the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning.

She was honored for supporting the 21Things4Students initiative, a statewide resource center for teachers.  

“(Grunow) has brought a fresh perspective to the site with her constant monitoring on how teachers will implement this valuable resource,” said Dr. Jennifer Parker, Instructional Technology/School Data Consultant and the Macomb Intermediate School District.  “In bringing her own classroom lesson plans, she helped revolutionize the content, delivery, and success of the site.” 

21Things4Students is an online resource created by Michigan educators to help students improve their technology proficiency as they prepare for success in the real world.  

In addition to the student site, Grunow is also a “Tech Boot Camp instructor” – traveling throughout Michigan each summer to provide training using 21things4students in the classroom. 

She displayed student success with the 21things4students at the MACUL Student Showcase in Lansing, providing an opportunity for her students to share out their learning with Michigan Legislators. 

“Kate is tech savvy, enthusiastic, and dynamic in her implementation of technology into the classroom,” Dr. Parker said. “She honors the memory of Frank Miracola through her constant monitoring of trends and tools, her enthusiasm for classroom technology integration, and by living by Frank’s mantra, ‘Free is Good’ in her exhaustive search for fun and free things for the classroom.” 

Grunow received the honor at the MACUL conference in March. Miracola, an elementary teacher in Armada and one of the original creators of the 21Things4Students initiative.

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