WOW! What an honour to receive the 2018 ISTE MAKING IT HAPPEN AWARD!
The Making IT Happen award honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students. Since its inception in 1995 more than 600 educators from around the world have received the award.
The spirit of the Making IT Happen award supports ISTE’s vision of a world in which all learners thrive, achieve and contribute.
Award recipients are educators who:
- Apply available technology now.
- Move forward and don’t look back.
- See students as real people.
- Teach through relationships, inspiring, encouraging and nurturing.
- Recognize that further change is necessary, but understand that it is a process.
- Realize that teacher empowerment is the key element to technology integration.
- Expect success.
- Motivate through awareness and access to information.
Here’s what was read about me while I stood on the stage with Todd Kennedy:
Nicole Lakusta is Curriculum Educational Technology Facilitator in Parkland School Division. Nicole is highly respected and valued for her passion for powerful learning design using technology. She draws upon an extensive awareness of tools and solutions to provide a wealth of ideas for teachers who consult her. While an exemplary proponent of effective learning design within her jurisdiction, Nicole also shares her expertise with colleagues across the province. She is active in the Education Technology Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association and is a regular presenter at Convergence conferences and other events, Nicole has been a member of the ATLE professional learning committee since its inception. She was a driving force behind organizing the ATLE Maker learning kits which are available for loan through the ATA library. She also has been also instrumental in the development of a contract between ATLE and Makey Makey which will see regional workshops delivered across the province over the next two years, taking on a role as one of the trainers. Students in Parkland School Division and across Alberta are experiencing outstanding learning opportunities due to Nicole’s work.
I want to thank the ATLE Board, ATLE ProLearn, my colleagues in PSD70 as well as other organizations and my Professional Learning Network for supporting my work and providing opportunities to move forward the Learning and Technology Policy Framework (Alberta) and the ISTE Standards.