iEducate Delaware is an initiative of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware recognizing the unsung heroes of public education statewide. These individuals represent a diverse cross section of parents, educators, community leaders, and other inspiring individuals from up and down the state, who are dedicating their time, commitment, and leadership to Delaware’s public schools. Each honoree received a $2,000 grant to support her work and was honored at the recent Vision 2015 Fall Conference, hosted at the University of Delaware. To learn more, visit www.ieducatedelaware.org.
Town Square Delaware has shared the winning entries from the five honorees selected. The fifth and final honoree is Lori Roe, who is featured in this video by Content Delaware. Her entry appears below:
I became involved in education because I believe that education can make a difference, one child at a time. Education is the path to eliminate ignorance, inspire creativity for new inventions, create critical thinking for real-world problem solving, and develop productive citizens and can lead to a better world.
I developed “Beyond Classroom Walls,” a project using videoconferencing, virtual experiences for students, an electronic database of digital resources, and the use of iPads to enhance the school’s 9-11th grade social studies curricula. I did it because I believe global awareness and collaboration are vital for 21st century learners in developing tolerance and understanding of other cultures, as well as preparing them for their future in a competitive economic, world market.
This project is innovative and unique because it inspires the design of student-centered, project-based learning, enhanced with current technologies for 21st century teaching and learning. Delaware students are impacted through this work because it allows them to prepare for and interact with experts through virtual field trips, using digital resources for research and problem solving, and collaborating with others beyond their classrooms.
Learning is 24/7, has no boundaries, no borders, and no limits! Collaborating with others is a rich and cultural experience to broaden perspectives and understanding of world issues, both past and present.
My proudest moments as a champion of education happen when I reconnect with my former students (as adults) who remember their experiences in my classroom as positive and express their gratitude to me as one of their best teachers! We are all educators because we share our experiences, help each other in times of need, and work together, so we learn from one another.
Lori Roe is an instructional technology specialist for Cape Henlopen.