James Roodhouse, technology director for the Geneseo Community School District, received “20 to Watch” honors from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Technology Leadership Network.
Roodhouse was recognized at the 2012 Consortium for School Networking Conference in Washington, D.C.
According to information from the NSBA, the education leaders from across the country are being recognized for promoting the incorporation of innovative technology into high-quality classroom learning and school district operations.
Ann Flynn, NSBA’s director of education technology, said, “The ‘20 to Watch’ honorees are role models to advance student achievement with the use of technology in education. Their accomplishments provide real world examples for school leaders and board members to examine as they debate the best electronic tools and strategies to positively impact learning and address the growing digital divide.”
NSBA information stated since joining the Geneseo School District in 2007, “Roodhouse has completely re-framed his district’s infrastructure, led a crusade to unify its platform, facilitated a new digital Web presence that pushed the district to earn two national awards as a ‘Digital School,’ and provided support to teachers and administrators through development of classroom walk through and observation apps for iPhone and iPad.”
“The apps enable teachers and administrators to focus on ‘best practices’ including use of technology which can be monitored, and then immediately communicated to the classroom teacher to help improve teaching performance, ultimately leading to greater student achievement,” Flynn said.
Geneseo superintendent Scott Kuffel said he is not surprised at Roodhouse’s accomplishments.
“We are extremely proud of our Internet presence and are constantly looking at ways we can make the site more user friendly for all ... both our own local school community, but also to colleagues from around the country and even prospective families to the district.”
Kuffel said he believes the Geneseo District “works hard to provide both appropriate quantity of technology, but also to establish high quality in how we use technology. Our students are now ‘digital natives’ and it is a challenge for adults, who are basically ‘digital immigrants’ to apply our skills and knowledge and force students to our thinking.”
“James Roodhouse has been a wonderful addition to our district,” Kuffel said. “He is innovative, technically proficient and an excellent communicator. His ability to analyze both small-scale issues and big-picture planning has been immeasurably helpful to our district. He continues to lead us implementing successful applications in support of 21st century education.
“We could not be where we are today in technology without James Roodhouse,” Kuffel added.