Principal ranks among ‘digital principals’
Downingtown Middle School Principal Nicholas Indeglio has been named one of three 2017 NASSP Digital Principals of the Year.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States and in over 35 countries around the world.
The Digital Principal of the Year award is given yearly to three principals who exhibit the best in digital leadership within their schools. Through the effective use of digital tools and resources they create a learner-centered environment and a collaborative community that shares successful digital learning experiences.
The two other principals are Darren Ellwein of South Dakota and David Geurin of Missouri.
Indeglio said he believes the key to communicating a technology infused vision is by establishing defined methods of communication through common technology platforms. Media/Movie Clubs, Minecraft Club, Twitter
“This is one of those awards that recognize the pioneering efforts of an educator who took the plunge and found innovative ways to use the new digital and social media tools.” — Downingtown Area School District Superintendent Lawrence Mussoline
Chats and Facebook Live videos are just a few ways that Indeglio and his staff have implemented technology into the school. He has nearly 750 Twitter followers, including his staff, students and other educators.
“Downingtown Middle School strives to create a digital synergy between students, teachers, parents, and the community,” Indeglio said. “Thanks to the school’s 1:1 middle level initiative, every student at DMS (Downingtown Middle School) is able to have an iPad. Students have access to the school’s learning management system through this device. At any time, parents can use our Home Access Center to see what their child is doing in class.”
Indeglio is one of two Downingtown Area School District’s “Rock Star Principals.” Calling themselves, “Edu-Rockstars,” Indeglio and Lionville Middle School Principal Jonathan Ross have created a website (www. rockstarprincipals.net), produced a weekly series of humorous and education related podcasts since September 2013, (http:// rockstarprincipals.libsyn.com) and share their wisdom and experiences to more than 70,000 followers on their Twitter feed (@RckStrPrincipal).
“This is one of those awards that recognize the pioneering efforts of an educator who took the plunge and found innovative ways to use the new digital and social media tools,” Downingtown Superintendent Lawrence Mussoline said. “Nick recognized right away that our students would be embracing this new technology and feel most comfortable using the tools they are most familiar with. Through his podcasts, website and Twitter account, he is helping generations of educators move away from the old, established culture of chalk and textbooks. We are very proud of Nick and his work promoting digital education.”