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Durgee duo receive tech award

Two Durgee teachers' clever collaboration has earned them honors.

Lindsay Cesari, library media specialist at Durgee Junior High School, and Patrick Donahue, an eighth-grade science teacher at the school, have been awarded the 2009 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Special Interest Group (SIG) Technology Innovation Award.

The award, sponsored by Linworth Publishing, Inc. and Follett Software Company, is presented annually to three teams that each consist of a school librarian and a teacher who have collaborated on an exemplary technology program.

Cesari and Donahue received the award for a science project they created, which utilized digital storytelling. Eighth-grade science students researched elements from the periodic table, and then they used Microsoft Photo Story 3 to create commercials to market the elements to their classmates. The technology-based project reinforced the science curriculum while enhancing student researching and presentation skills.

Among the prizes Cesari and Donahue will receive are a plaque commemorating their accomplishment, a $1,000 cash award payable to the school's media center, a $1,000 professional library from Linworth Publishing and a $500 travel stipend to attend a conference. The pair will also be featured in an article in two educational journals.

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