Marshall McLuhan Awards Recipients
The Ripple Effect
"Men on frontiers whether if time or space, abandon their
previous identities. Neighbourhood gives identity. Frontiers snatch
it away." Marshall Mcluhan
Many of the teachers who have received the Marshall McLuhan
Distinguished Teachers Awards have written to the Center to
show how much being a recipient of the award has changed their stature
and influence in their community.
"....it was the most significant event in my career. It gave
credence to the work I had begun the year before providing technology
and training to the predominantly minority students at my school...
I became a technology mentor teacher and taught numerous classes
to train other educators...My school site has continued to implement
technology into the curriculum...The award has also encouraged me
to assume additional roles at our school... California League Middle
Schools named me Outstanding Middle Level Educator for Region VI
Judith C.Kloss, San Diego
"Since that wondrous walk across the award-winning stage
at the Metro Convention Center, life has changed. I have been afforded
the opportunity by the North York Board of Education to continue
the exploration of technology with our partners partners in education,
the students, in a totally unique setting: TheCreative Inquiry Center
at W.L. McKenzie C.I. There I am a resource teacher for students,
staff and the administration of the school in a room full of the
latest computers, video and multi-media technology. What an experience!"
Richard Ford, Ontario
"The McLuhan Award encouraged me to continue my work with students
and collegues, attempting to extend technology into classrooms so
that it can be effectively used to improve instructions...I have
workshops and inservice classes and several articles evaluating
software and explaining how to adapt to and extend computer work."
Rebecca Ann Penso, Los Angeles
"This distinction has had a dramatic impact on my teaching.
I have developed many new computer-based
activities over these past months and am most hopeful that some
facets of my work may be published in the years to come. I have
allready had discussion with one publisher concerning this. My School
Board has become very
supportive of my work as has my Provincial Board of Education. I
have re-newed self confidence and vigor and
thus am pouring all my available energy into the classroom."
Kenneth T. Langille, Nova Scotia
"...it was a very high honour that gave me strong feelings
of worth and accomplishment, it also personally charged me with
the resposibility to continue my experimentation with educational
innovations and my growth as a teacher....it served as a stepping
stone to aquire funding from other sources for instructional improvement
Sidney Kolpas, Los Angeles
"There has been so many spinoffs from the Award I don't know
where to begin....now technology technology teachers from across
the province are coming to look at our lab for ideas....I was selected
to sit on the Technology Education Curriculum Revision Committee....it
has been a rewarding and busy year."
Graeme Wilson, British Columbia
Gary Teal an award winner
from 1988 from London, Ontario touched
on the feeling of excitement generated by the award ceremony:
"The honours that have come as the result of having my name
associated with that of Dr. Marshall McLuhan have been quite overwhelming
indeed. The ceremony in Toronto, and everything associated with
it, was beyond my imaginings. The location, celebrities, presentations,
video profiles, accommodations, and every last detail were both
creatively and professionally handled. I am sure your father would
be especially proud of the wonderful work you have done in his name."
Gary Teal, Ontario
"I continue to run the Oceanography Lab at the Brenwood
Science Magnet in West Los Angeles. I had just begun this asignment
when I received the McLuhan Award and it greatly added to my sense
of self-esteem (to use the current buzzword) and doing something
of value during the initial two years...I applied the McLuhan Award
toward completing a Master of Arts Degree in Computer Based Education."
Thomas Jett, Los Angeles
I am very grateful to Mary McLuhan and
the McLuhan Center for their interest in education and teachers.
I feel that they have done much to promote education in Canada,
and have made me as a teacher, very proud to be a Canadian, very
proud of our profession and our country. As a result of the McLuhan
Awards there has been a great deal of recognition of the efforts
of teachers and I feel this has been very positive, not just to
us teachers, but to the students we teach, their families and communities.
It has raised the esteem of all involved."
Gloria Cathart, Alberta
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