New Orleans, United States of America
In 2004 Mr Coote, Mrs Dysart and Mrs Yelas from St Marys School travelled to New Orleans to attend the conference. More than 16,000 teachers, technology coordinators, library media specialists, teacher educators, administrators, policy makers, and industry representatives from all over the world gathered at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in the heart of New Orleans.
The conference was organised by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) a nonprofit professional membership society. ISTE has a worldwide membership of leaders, supporting improved learning, teaching, and administration and teacher education by promoting effective uses of information technology.
At the conference Mr Coote was presented with an award from the International Society for Technology in Education. The award recognizes creative teachers for their pioneering use of telecommunication networks to provide innovative learning opportunities for school-age students. His award was for the development of the interactive CD ROM called ‘Let the Buyer Beware!’
Seven awards were made to teachers from Canada 2, USA 4, New Zealand 1. All awardees presented their project during the Conference.
On the way to the conference they had a stop over of 6 hours in Los Angeles. They used this time to visit the Watts Towers.
“The Watts Towers are a complex set of 17 separate sculptural pieces built on a residential lot in the community of Watts. Two of the towers rise to a height of nearly 100 feet. The sculptures are constructed from steel pipes and rods, wrapped with wire mesh, coated with mortar, and embedded with pieces of porcelain, tile and glass. Using simple hand tools and cast off materials (broken glass, sea shells, generic pottery and ceramic tile) Italian immigrant, Simon Rodia spent 30 years (1921 to 1955) building a tribute to his adopted country and a monument to the spirit of individuals who make their dreams tangible.”
California Department of Parks & Recreation