Press Release

Atlantic County ETTC Announces Technology in the Classroom 2002 Contest Winners.

Dina Abbamondi
Assistant Director
Atlantic County ETTC
(609) 652-4931

Pomona, NJ, April 2002 – The Atlantic County ETTC congratulates the winners of the 2002Technology in the Classroom contest.   

 Each year the Atlantic County ETTC encourages the creative incorporation of technology in the classroom to infuse the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJ CCCS) through an annual contest. The ETTC wishes to build on the many exciting ideas and resources available today in Atlantic County, and also wants to foster the growth of new ideas on how technology fits in K-12 education.   This year was no exception and we are happy to report outstanding submissions for classroom lessons.

 Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner, Carol Ferguson of Northfield Middle School.  She submitted Voice of the People, a long-term project for Grades 6 to 8.  She will be the recipient of a digital video-camera, valued at approximately $1,000.  In her project, students design and act in plays that recreate events of the American Revolution.  Technology aspects include desktop publishing, presentation software, and webpage design.

 We are also proud to announce nine first place winners who will each receive educational software or technology items valued at approximately $500. Our contest winners are:

 Category 1:  Grades Pre-K to 2

1)  Teri Gragg and Maureen Guenther of Brigantine Elementary SchoolMagnificent Magnified African Animal Masks (Short-term Project)
2)  Jennifer Dagrosa of Marsh School in Absecon – A Journey through Native American Cultures (Webquest)

 Category 2:  Grades 3 to 5

1)      Jessica Estlow and J.J. Booth of Brigantine North Middle SchoolState the Facts (Short-term Project)
2)  Joyce Burns and Joan Allen of the Egg Harbor Township Intermediate SchoolAmerican Revolution Webquest (Webquest)

 Category 3:  Grades 6 to 8

1)  Mary Rydzewski of Jordan Road School in Somers Point – Terrapin Troubles (Long-term Project)
2)  Janet Reinert and Mario Montanero of Jordan Road School in Somers Point -- Power Writing with PowerPoint (Short-term Project)
3)  Ruthann Meyer of Brigantine North Middle SchoolThe Anasazi and the Secrets of the Petroglyphs (Webquest)

 Category 4:  Grades 9 to 12

1)  Carol Petters of Atlantic County Vocational Technical SchoolPortfolio Resumes (Long-term Project)
2)  Frank Willett of Egg Harbor Township High SchoolWorld War II Project (Webquest)

 We thank all the teachers who applied and encourage them to apply again in 2003! 

 The contest is judged by a committee that includes ETTC Staff members and several members of the ETTC Curriculum Committee.  Judging criteria is based on the following: 1) Clear Objectives and Goals, 2) Organization, 3) Originality and Creativity, 4) Easily Replicated or Adapted, 4) Details/Specific Activities, 5) Relevance to Standards, 6) Technology Enhances the Lesson, 7) Active use of Technology by Students, and 8) Provides Opportunity for Assessment.

 All entries will be posted shortly at

 The Atlantic County Educational Technology Training Center (ETTC) is a consortium of 48 public school districts, charter schools, non-public schools, colleges, libraries and other organizations in Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean counties administered by the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. The ETTC aims to enhance the education available to every child in Atlantic County through the creative use of educational technologies. The ETTC provides K-12 teachers and school administrators with training opportunities on relevant subjects including the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, instructional technology, computer technologies, telecommunications and distance learning. The ETTC also provides a state-of-the-art demonstration facility and clearinghouse where the county’s teachers can explore the latest trends in educational technologies.