Three Adams County educators have been named the “top 5% of Learning.com instructors in the world.”

The award comes after Adams County Ohio Valley Teachers Rhonda Mason, Jackie Brown, and Lynn Sheets Bengtson integrated new technology and the teaching of digital literacy into their classrooms.

In the Spring of 2014, the Adams County Ohio Valley School District partnered with Learning.com, a website that provides educators with solutions to prepare their students with critical digital literacy skills, to bring an explicit and systematic kindergarten to sixth-grade technology literacy curriculum to elementary classrooms.

According to the district, the first year of implementation started with “train the trainer.” Six teachers were trained with the circulation from Learning.com and then they were able to train other teachers. After one year of exploration and implementation, the district recognized the potential of this curriculum to support student achievement and boost their students’ digital literacy skills.

The District decided to schedule Technology/Digital Literacy as a special class rotated among physical education, art, and music classes with the understanding the learning of digital literacy skills would also be embedded throughout the core subjects.  The curriculum is scoped and sequenced with a gradual release beginning with kindergarten through sixth grade.  The curriculum begins with the teaching of mouse basics, and quickly transitions into more complex standards such as keyboarding, word processing, graphing spreadsheets, preparing presentations, multimedia, databases, and coding.  Additionally, the intermediate and upper elementary grades are also receiving instructional strategies with online safety protocols and protecting confidential information.

On Monday, March 18, at the regular Board of Education meeting, the Adams County Ohio Valley Schools recognized the elementary technology instructors for receiving an Outstanding Digital Literacy Educators Award.  Working with a combined 1,800 students, and completing 25,000 of Learning.com lessons so far this year, Rhonda Mason, Jackie Brown, and Lynn Sheets Bengtson are all currently in the top 5% of Learning.com instructors in the world.

“MY success really is a team effort… I am grateful to Mr. Seas for creating the three technology teaching positions. I wish to thank, Lisa Toole for allowing the three of us to work together to establish a direction for classes; and, for encouraging us to use the Learning.com program. I greatly appreciate Marketta, Eddie and Chris for quickly answering my many questions; keeping us updated with programs and equipment; and, especially for providing us with access to Learning.com for all K-6 students. The daily support and involvement of my building administrators is greatly appreciated and also contributes to the progress of the students,” said Bengtson.

In total, the three teachers have over 80 years of teaching experience combined.

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