Bjorn Anderson and Bobby Griffiths from Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 have been named TIES 2014 Exceptional Teachers and will be honored during the TIES Education Technology Conference in December.
They are among teachers selected for modeling best practices in using technology to engage students in learning. School districts participating in the TIES Exceptional Teachers award program are members of TIES, an education technology consortium of 48 Minnesota school districts.
For Bobby Griffiths, media specialist at Metcalf Junior High in Burnsville, the most enjoyable part of his job is working with students every day to learn and practice the technology-related skills they’ll need to succeed both in their classes and after they graduate. Partnering with teachers in all disciplines, Griffiths teaches students everything from the basics of using Google Docs to photo and movie editing applications and especially how to be responsible technology users.
Metcalf Principal Kelly Ronn calls Griffiths a leader in the school when it comes to technology and praises his work to help other teachers learn and integrate technology into their lesson plans. Whether considering their future careers or simply finding reliable information online, students will be using Griffiths’ lessons now and for a long time to come.
Bjorn Anderson, science specialist at Edward Neill Elementary in Burnsville, knows that being tech savvy is essential to his students becoming real-world ready and prepared for their futures. Whether he’s taking students on virtual field trips to the Grand Canyon to understand erosion and weathering or teaching video game design and animation through coding after school, Anderson models curiosity and fearlessness to both students and colleagues when it comes to using technology for learning.
According to Principal Elizabeth Vaught, Anderson provides opportunities for all students in grade K-6 to explore their world with tools that enhance their learning experiences on a daily basis. This makes him a technology leader in his school and throughout the district.