East Marshall High School landed one of the most prestigious awards when it comes to use of technology in the state.
The school won the Prometheus Award for Innovation in Teaching Thursday night during a ceremony held in Altoona. The sixth annual Prometheus Awards were presented by the Technology Association of Iowa and are known as the "Oscars of Iowa's high tech industry."
The award is a nod to the virtual reality program at the Le Grand school as students receive hands-on high-tech learning and recognized other ways the school integrates technology into the classroom.
East Marshall High School Principal Rex Kozak receives the Prometheus Award in recognition of the school’s use of technology in teaching from the Technology Association of Iowa Thursday night. TAI board member Lisa Lorenzen of Iowa State University presented Kozak with the award.
"It validates a lot of the work we have been doing," said East Marshall Principal Rex Kozak.
Leann Jacobson, president of the Technology Association of Iowa, said the judges were impressed at the lead East Marshall High School has taken in technology.
"It's exciting the way virtual reality has grown and East Marshall High School was the pioneer in that effort," Jacobson said. "It's getting students excited about learning. It is increasing students' interest in technology and motivating them in other classes."
Kozak said East Marshall students and staff have presented programs on technology and virtual reality to more than 100 school districts in Iowa and are even planning web conferences with schools as far away as Connecticut. He said students at East Marshall are learning skills that will help them land a job in the future.
"The business industry wants this," Kozak said. "They are seeking this type of employee."
The other finalist in the school division was Southeast Polk High School.
"There were two very strong finalists," Jacobson said. "It's a very prestigious award to receive."