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Educator Honored as Trailblazer in Technology

Date: Feb. 4, 2002
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Photo by Lisa Ventre
Archive: General News

Joyce Pittman, UC assistant professor of educational technology and project director of the College of Education's Comprehensive Educational Restructuring and Technology Infusion Initiative (CERTI2), will receive a national honor in recognition of her passion and her progress in bridging the Digital Divide affecting urban schools. Pittman will be awarded as one of Marketing Opportunities in Business and Entertainment's (MOBE) "Influencers and Innovators of the Internet and Technology." The award will be presented to Pittman in New York Sunday, April 7, at MOBE's annual Advanced Marketing and Technology Symposium.

MOBE explores business building, mentoring and networking opportunities for African American professionals and small businesses. Joyce PittmanThe national organization is awarding Pittman for "being a trailblazer in the field of technology." Other honorees include Al Zollar, CEO, Lotus Corporation, Dean Hamilton, CEO, Cosine Communications, Milton Chen, executive director, The George Lucas Education Foundation, Shirley Jackson, president, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Representative Major Owens of New York.

Pittman has led CERTI2 since the three-year initiative was first launched in 2000. The $2.7 million initiative, half of which is funded by a U.S. Department of Education Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) grant, provides for professional development and technology training for UC faculty, education students and the public school teachers that work with UC's teaching interns. The remaining funding is provided by the partners in the initiative, including the College of Education, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, Cincinnati Public Schools, Kent State University, Iowa State University, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, WCET-TV, Ohio SchoolNET and Generation www.Y.

Pittman has emphasized the importance of student access to classroom technology and teacher preparation in educational technology on the local, regional and national level. She has presented at forums around the nation and the world.

Pittman was a leading member of a writing team that developed national technology standards to guide teacher education programs nationwide. The standards, created by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), are expected to be adopted by classrooms nationwide by 2002.

She is also a member of the Association of Teacher Educators National Commission on Technology and the Future of Teacher Education. The commission advises the Association of Teacher Educators on issues relating to educational technology and provides a national forum to address impact, new developments, and concerns on technology in the classroom from pre-kindergarten to college level.

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