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Education 20/20 Board members Katherine Josey McQuaid, Maureen Kerr, and Don Glendenning presented Grace Christian School Principal Jason Biech with this year's $2,500 award for excellence in the use of technology in education.

Grace Christian Wins 2016 Award

Grace Christian School is this year’s winner of the Excellence in Education Award given by Education 20/20 Inc. to a school or learning center for the manner and extent of its use of technology to enhance learning and teaching. The use of technology starts early at Grace Christian School and is part of the School’s efforts to help students learn to “organize, analyze, critique, synthesize and communicate information”. All students are involved in the computer lab and such tools as LeapFrog, Lego WeDo, Scratch, LittleBits and Moodle; in addition, the flipped classroom allows students to view material at home and use classroom time for discussion. But it is not just the availability of technological tools, judges were impressed by the integration of technology into every aspect of the school’s life.

Grace Christian School was founded in Charlottetown in 1978 as a private/ Christian co-educational school offering a liberal arts curriculum to about 150 students in grades K-12. The school actively prepares students for 21st century global citizenship. Technology is used to expand offerings, as a tool for creativity, link to additional and remote resources, and to experiment with smart, three-dimensional devices. Grace Christian School was one of three nominated for the Award.

This is the third year for the Award; earlier awards focused on engagement and were awarded to Kinkora Regional High School and Prince Street Elementary School. The Award, established in 2014 by Education 20/20 Inc. through the generosity of an Island family, includes a cheque for $2,500 and is intended to call attention to important characteristics of effective schools. The Award was open to all schools and learning centres on Prince Edward Island.