“These teachers are innovators because they upgraded their classrooms to improve the education of our children so they are better able to meet the technological demands of the global marketplace,” Department of Education Secretary Gerald L. Zahorchak said of the finalists picked in the third year of the program. “The learning they foster with the use of technology is consistent with Governor Rendell’s vision of Pennsylvania’s first-class education system.”

More than 1,720 teachers from across the state participated in the Keystones: Technology Integrators program over the past three years. Keystones are nominated annually at the school level by principals, and superintendents from each school district selects up to two Keystones as the respective districts’ representatives.

Ten regional review teams then select three Keystones per Intermediate Unit area and two additional Keystones from each region (100 total) to attend a statewide leadership and technology integration summit each summer.

The annual Keystones Integrator Summit will take place Aug. 6-10 at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Cambria County. The finalists will share strategies for using technology as a tool to communicate, collaborate and problem solve in support of effective teaching and learning in content areas.