Prin­ci­pal ranks among ‘dig­i­tal prin­ci­pals’

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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.”

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