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Innovator Dr. Jeanine Gendron Named 2014 Top Technologist, Transformer and Trailblazer

Thursday, December 04, 2014
Congratulations to Broward County Public Schools innovator Dr. Jeanine Gendron on being recognized as one of the Center for Digital Education’s (CDE) 2014 Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers. The CDE is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policies and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with support in effectively incorporating new technologies in the 21st century.
An ardent champion of integrating technology into learning, Gendron keeps the vision of 21st-century learning at the fore­front of the education community, locally and nationally. Gendron is a board member and former president of the Florida Council of Instructional Technology Leaders, serves on Florida’s Digital Learning Advisory Board and is a frequent presenter on the topic. In the last year, she was deeply involved in introducing a new program called “Digital 5: Pathways to Personalized Learning” (D5) with 3,200 5th graders at 27 schools in the District.
This school year, the District expanded the D5 program to 69 schools and has added a new Digital Infusion program for mathematics and English/Language Arts for secondary schools as part of its goal to continue to incorporate learning tech­nologies that support student achievement.
The response has been overwhelmingly positive. “Students are excited and thinking critically about learning occurring in their classroom,” said Gendron. “They’re learning skills for communication and collabora­tion, information retrieval, and presenting knowledge using multimedia. Students feel they have options for learning in many different ways, and I think technology has brought those options to the forefront.”
Each year, the CDE recognizes K-20 education leaders who have transformed learning through the innovative use of technology in its annual Top 30 awards program and publication. Recognizing the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers across America, CDE aims to honor pioneers in education technology, and showcase the accomplishments and best practices of award winners.

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