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Nassau BOCES Holds First NASTAR Awards

 Jessica Liakonis and Ed Kemnitzer Nassau BOCES and the Nassau Association of School Technologists (NASTECH) presented the first annual NASTAR awards at its year-end conference. The award recognizes recipients for their innovation and exemplary technology leadership in their district and beyond. Twenty-three school personnel were honored with this award for seamlessly integrating technology.

“NASTECH helps educators stay informed of the latest developments in the dynamic field of instruction technology. With the ever-changing technology for our schools, we decided to honor our peers for their contributions of integrating technology in their schools and districts,” said Matthew Hejna, supervisor for Nassau BOCES NASTECH. “We serve school technologists who, in turn, support the information needs of more than 200,000 students in 56 school districts and private schools,” he said.

The recipients of the award ran the gamut from school superintendents to a fine arts teacher; from a physical education teacher to a STEAM educator. Some of the innovations included connecting classes across the country during Global Read Aloud, using a bowling app to practice in a PE class, translating for new ENL students, launching a district’s Grade 2 keyboarding pilot, and installing visual collaboration systems mounted in hallways, to name a few.