Archived — Recipient Bios

Year: 1998 – Province: Ontario

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

Rodney Rychliski

School: Driftwood Park Public School

Principal: Karen Burkett
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Grades/Subjects Taught: Elementary, all subjects

Teaching approach:

  • Make computers, video cameras and digital cameras everyday tools for students in the classroom.
  • Create a flexible learning environment and use an integrated curriculum and multimedia authoring to make learning active and interactive.
  • Ensure that each student develops appropriate concepts, skills and attitudes to use the computer as an instructional and creative tool.

Outstanding achievements:

Successfully integrated technology into classroom, using off-the-shelf software to create exciting learning opportunities for young students:

  • Students in several grades work on various aspects of same project to suit skills.
  • For example, Grade 1 students research an insect and design the layout of an electronic report, including the text and a drawing.
  • Grade 4 students connect all the stacks, make a title card complete with animation and a menu card.

Multimedia presentation on Olympic skaters created by two Grade 5 students won International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) award. Includes original artwork, text, actor-based animation, claymation, virtual objects and Internet links.

Received ECOO (Educational Computer Organization of Ontario) award for integrating computers into the classroom, a 1998 TV Ontario Award of Merit for innovative teaching methods and a 1998 ISTE award.

Rave reviews:

"I have never met two teachers who are more dedicated to ensuring their students can express themselves through multimedia authoring." School board official

"Through the years we have learned a lot, and along the way had tons of fun. There is no doubt in our minds when it comes to who our favourite teachers are." Former students

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