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June 12th, 2009
Miller team wins technology award

From left to right: Time Warner Cable (TWC) Communications Coordinator Melinda Edmondson, TWC Senior Manager-Communications Vicki Carpenter, Miller principal Susan Brown and winning team members Melissa Dupre, Kelly Blanks, and Grace Mueller. Not pictured: Roxann Tull.

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The Time Warner Cable Spotlight on Education Award for the Central Texas Region was awarded to a teaching team from Miller Junior High School for their project, “Pixton with Shakespeare.” The project made it all the way to the finals for the National Spotlight Award.

The team of Kelly Blanks, Melissa Dupré, Grace Mueller and Roxann Tull each received $125 and a plaque and will split a $500 team award. Additionally, Miller received a $1,000 technology grant.

Miller’s eighth grade language arts department was studying The Tempest by William Shakespeare and the teachers were looking to enrich the experience via technology. The teachers used Pixton, a site that lets students create their own comic strip or novel.

“Using their own interpretation of the scene, students developed the cartoon. They often used another web site called No Fear Shakespeare to increase their understanding of the scene and learn the sometimes difficult language of Shakespeare,” said team member Mueller.

The Time Warner Cable Spotlight on Education Awards program recognizes classroom projects that use technology and the free resources they provide to schools to enhance the learning experience.

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