Each year WHRO highlights special technology integration achievements by presenting individual educator awards for excellence in technology and media usage and school awards that recognize outstanding technology integration and by broadcasting and streaming stories on exemplary technology integration in daily classroom practice.
Excellence in Technology Awards (2012 was the last year for this award, but you can still view past winners)
WHRO and the C.I.I. present two separate awards, one for outstanding teachers and one for administrators, who are leading the way integrating technology in the classroom. View past winners
Ramsey Award for Outstanding Media Specialists
This award recognizes the outstanding work done by media specialists and their contributions to the education and curriculum integration. The award is given in memory of Betty Ramsey a long time WHRO School Representative from Portsmouth Schools.
The Geddy Award recognizes the regional public school perceived as most effectively integrating technology into the curriculum as well as increasing overall school efficiencies. Relative size, budget, community partnerships and special circumstances are considered.
Established by the WHRO Board of Directors in April, 2004, the Geddy Award is named in honor of Vernon M. “Bud” Geddy, Jr., a Williamsburg attorney and former Mayor, who has generously served this region for decades. He served for many years on the WHRO Governing Board of Directors and was a charter member of the WHRO Foundation.
School Talk Schools of the Month
Each month four local schools (elementary, middle, high, and independent) are recognized as Schools of the Month.
NCLB Region 2 EdTech Grant Exemplary Teacher Segments
In an effort to help increase community understanding of technology integration efforts funded through the No Child Left Behind EdTech Grant and its effect on student performance in Superintendent Region 2, the C.I.I. has created a series of video clips highlighting local technology integration “best practices”. These segments are incorporated in various television programs that are broadcast throughout the region on WHRO Channel 15 or through local cable channels and are also streamed online. Additional segments are regularly added.
The PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest
Annual competition that recognizes students in grades K through 5 who write and illustrate their own stories.
The Great Computer Challenge
The GCC, a joint project of WHRO, the C.I.I. and ODU, is an annual competitive opportunity for students in grades K through 12 to demonstrate their skills in various computer applications and computer programming, including Graphic Arts, Desktop Publishing, Music Composition, Desktop Presentations, Web Design, Internet Scavenger Hunt, Integrated Applications, Scientific/Non-Business Programming, Visual Basic, CAD, Video Editing, and JAVA.