Established by Caperton to recognize and honor those who have made a difference through the use of technology in K-12 schools, the awards are given to a student or a team of students and a teacher/administrator, or a team of teachers/administrators. The recipients receive $5,000 from the grant award program established by Caperton and administered by the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation.
These students volunteer many hours at the school providing technical support. They were also the first Keyser High School Robotics Team that competed in the Regional Botball Robotics Competition at Carnegie-Mellon University, National Robotics Engineering Consortium.
Michael A. King, a teacher at Ravenswood High School, Jackson County, is this yearís teacher recipient. For the past six year, King has taught Technology Academies for the Jackson County Board of Education. As a result, he has had an impact on the technology education of nearly every teacher in the county. In turn, his contributions have had an impact on Jackson County students.
He has also taught Basic/Advanced Technology Standards for Teachers courses through the Edventure Group out of Morgantown. Further, he has prepared and presented several staff development session for Jackson County Schools, such as Problem Based Learning as taught through the INSTEP program through Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling.
As West Virginiaís 31st governor, Caperton helped develop one of the nationís first most comprehensive approaches to include technology in the schools. His long-range initiative to place computers in every elementary classroom in the state and to provide educators with the appropriate training to successfully utilize the computers to enhance student achievement is still considered the countryís most successful learning technology program.
Caperton continues his commitment to education by serving as the president of The College Board, a national non-profit association whose mission is to prepare, inspire and connect students to college and opportunity. Among the College Boards best-known programs are the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT and the Advanced Placement Program.