Congratulations to Karen Stadler–‘ISTE Honours Education Leaders for Transforming Learning Through Innovation With 2014 Awards by ISTE’

SchoolNetSA wishes to congratulate Karen Stadler for an amazing achievement. She has won a very coveted award from ISTE for her amazing, collaborative ‘Save the Rhino’ project. Karen has got teachers and classes from a large array of countries working on this global project.

Every year ISTE, the world’s largest technology in the classroom conference, gives special recognition to teachers who have impacted education. One of these special awards is called the SIGOL OnlineLearning Award. “Since 1991, ISTE’s Online Learning Special Interest Group (SIGOL) has recognized creative teachers for their pioneering use of telecommunication networks to provide innovative learning opportunities for K–16 students. We’re looking for an individual or group that has successfully planned, implemented and evaluated an online learning activity to enhance and/or improve student learning. Project contributors or partners are welcome to participate in the ISTE Conference and Exposition poster session, but only the author will receive an award. The award winner will receive:

  • Recognition at the ISTE Conference and Expo
  • Complimentary registrations to the ISTE Conference and Expo (up to two)
  • Up to $1,000 for travel expenses to attend the ISTE Conference and Expo (up to two)
  • An invitation to present a poster session at the ISTE Conference and Expo
  • One-year ISTE membership (up to two)
  • An engraved plaque recognizing the recipient’s outstanding achievement (up to two)
  • Recognition in ISTE publications, in press releases provided to local media and on”

Well, our own Karen Stadler from Elkanah House in Cape Town is this year’s winner and she is off to ISTE 2014 in Atlanta at the end of the month with a sponsorship from winning the award. This is how ISTE announced the winner. “The winner of the SIGOL (ISTE’s online learning special interest group) Online Learning Award for the use of telecommunications networks to provide innovative learning opportunities for students is Karen Stadler, head of digital learning at Elkanah House Senior Primary, Capetown, South Africa, for The Travelling Rhinos project. With the goal of raising awareness of the dire rhinoceros poaching situation in South Africa, Stadler has five unique stuffed African rhinos that travel the world, visiting schools and classrooms and sharing their adventures online.

If you haven’t heard about Karen’s amazing ‘Save the Rhino’ project please head right over to to see how many classes around the world have participated in this project.

Photo: Karen Venter Stadler showing her amazing Rhino project! <br />Karen is looking for SA Schools for Lilitha to visit to raise awareness etc. Teacher will receive a brief from Karen.

In the next post we will hear more from Karen about her achievement and how it feels to be going to this amazing conference in Atlanta in a few weeks time as an award winner.

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