2011 Educational Technology Graduate Award winners
Every year, students who have shown outstanding
achievement in the area of their study are selected as recipients of the
Educational Technology Graduate Award. For the first time, there are two winners
selected by the Educational Technology faculty and their peers.
The 2011 Educational Technology Graduate Award goes to Lisa Costello
and Kavita Mehta. Their hard work and dedication are an inspiration for all Educational
Technology students and faculty.
Lisa Costello was born in Tempe, Arizona, and
has lived there most of her life. She is
a single mom to Anthony, who is stationed with the Army overseas, and her
daughter, Theresa, who lives here in Arizona.Read more
Lisa received her BAE in Elementary Education from Arizona
State University, and her MEd in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona
University. According to Lisa,
completing her MEd in Educational Technology has provided her with a sense of
self-satisfaction and pride.
Lisa has worked for the past sixteen years in the Roosevelt
School District 66 in Phoenix, Arizona, where she is an ELL 4th grade
instructor. She has worked many different positions during these years, but
there are two that she has cherished most: mentoring new teachers in her
district, and working as a faculty adviser for Teach for America.
Lisa’s final capstone project was an interactive,
collaborative, online wiki course designed for younger elementary school
children. The topic dealt with cyber safety
and digital citizenship, and was intended as an uncomplicated and trouble-free
course for teachers to put together and implement.
This engaging unit was supported by constructivist and
networked learning strategies, and also housed a community resource section
with further sources for parents and staff.
Contact Lisa at LCostello03@aol.com.
Born and brought up in New Delhi, India, Kavita
started her master’s in educational technology one and a half years ago. She obtained
her bachelor’s and master’s degrees with top honors from Delhi University. She
has been working in the technology department at an international school for the
last twelve years in New Delhi.Read more
Coming from a totally different cultural, financial, and
educational background, Kavita is proud that she created an
"impossible" goal and believed in it to make it a reality. According
to Kavita, she learned and discovered a great deal about herself and technology
through this journey.
“I met new people from different cultures,” says Kavita. “It’s
been a great experience of learning and sharing. It was a wonderful positive
online learning environment. I felt valued by my instructors, peers, and group
mates in the same way that I would value my own efforts. I feel that my entire program of study has
prepared me in multiple ways to achieve my goals. I am really grateful to this
program for not only enhancing my love and desire of education, but also for
opening my eyes to many new technological aspects and skills, and helping me
grow to continue my journey as a lifelong learner.”
Kavita feels strongly about her capstone project,
“Professional Development of Instructional Assistants.” She offers individual
training and leads workshops after school or during in-service days to instructional
Her goal is to make them aware of technology tools and the
advantages of teaching and learning with them. She uses presentations, FTF,
hands-on training, videos, and resources like Moodle to bring IAs up to par
with the community and help them feel comfortable utilizing these tools
Contact Kavita at firstname.lastname@example.org.