Congratulations to the October #EduWin Honorees!

Thanks to all of those who sent in nominations to recognize October #EduWin moments from folks all across education.

The October #EduWin Honorees are:

Tony Tepedino, Educator
Tony had multiple nominations- by his students- and is described as a “forward thinking educator.” This is the first time we’ve seen students hand out #EduWin to their teachers. So what is his #EduWin? According to his nominators:

“Tony Tepedino is a forward thinking educator, educational technology specialist who is staying ahead of the fast paced world of digital citizenship and digital media. Tony has single handedly changed our middle school and helped develop an involving and thoughtful 1-1 iPad program. He has developed his own Tech Tuesday sessions for faculty in order to enhance their professional development and he currently educates our middle school students on all things technology. His blog is highly respected among our community, and Tony has been instrumental in bringing TEDx Allendale Columbia School to a reality.”

Congratulations to Tony! Keep up the great work! You can find out more about Tony and his #EduWin at the Tedx Allendale Columbia School, on his blog- TEPTECH, or follow him on Google+.

Simone Bernstein, Student
We’re honored to highlight one of the first student #EduWin of the #EduWin Awards, Simone Bernstein. Simone is a prolific young woman, having started a national non-profit volunteer organization, VolunTEEN Nation.

“Simone is a passionate advocate for service learning and empowering youth to create positive change in the world through volunteer service, Simone has made an impact on middle school and high school student’s lives through the 501(c)3 organization she co-founded in 2009 VolunTEEN Nation, a resource and platform promoting youth volunteer opportunities. The goal of volunTEENnation.org is to teach youth empathy and help guide them with the tools to effectively problem-solve challenging issues faced in the world.”

Congratulations to Simone! You can find out more about Simone and her #EduWin on NBC.com or follow VolunTEEN Nation on Twitter @volunTEENnation

Image Credit: Glamour.com

Tiago Forte, Educator
Tiago Forte redefines who we are calling an educator for the #EduWin Awards. His body of work is dedicated to workflow and productivity and has been featured in TechCrunch, Forbes, and ReadWrite. He was nominated by one of his students from a course that he hosts on Skillshare.com. So, what was his #EduWin?

“I took Tiago’s class on workflow design on Skillshare and found that my productivity went through the roof. I also found myself with increased focus and clarity about what I wanted to accomplish with my time. Although the personal benefits were remarkable, it was the format and content of the course that I believe point the way toward the future of online education. Tiago led us step-by-step through creating our own personalized workflow, using videos, well-designed slides, text instructions, links to other resources, and interactive exercises.”

Sometimes and #EduWin can come from places we least expect it. Great job, Tiago. You can check out his class on Skillshare and follow him on Google+.

Jake Duncan, Educator
Jake Duncan is an extraordinary, creative, and innovative education thought leader who hails from Splendora, TX. He’s working to make great changes in his district and state. So what is his #EduWin?

“This year he returned to the classroom after working for the Regional Education Service Center as a Tech Integration Trainer for teachers. This year he is gamifying his classroom, despite having very little in the way of technology resources. Engagement of his students is high, and they are even creating technology products on their own. He’s using BYOD, his old devices, and some of the school’s technology to make his classroom a place of collaboration, creativity, learning, engagement, and fun.”

You can read more about Jake’s integrations at his blog Duncan Bilingual and you can follow him on Twitter.

Emmy Ryder, Student
One thing that is so exciting to see with the #EduWin Awards, is that people are reaching beyond educators, and highlighting amazing students like Emmy Ryder. Emmy is a high school student at Kent Innovation High in Grands Rapids Michigan. So, what was her #EduWin?

“Emmy has worked diligently to engage in professional learning via Twitter. She is a leader and active participant in #PBLChat and #MichEdChat along with others when she has time. She often contributes to topic ideas and has co-moderated. Emmy is a sophomore in high school. Additionally she has been blogging for New Tech Network, weighing in on what’s wrong with school, creative, and project based learning.”

A student sharing in the same space as educators? That’s fantastic. Hopefully we’ll see more students giving their thoughts on how to improve education and transform this system. You can follow her on Twitter @EmmyRyd2016

Congratulations to all of the #EduWin Honorees, and thank to all of those educators who submitted many fantastic people in the education space.

Do you know someone who is doing something amazing in education? Don’t let those amazing things go unnoticed! Nominate them for an #EduWin Award, and let’s keep innovating!

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