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2011 Faculty & Staff News

Dr. Mano Talaiver earns Computational Science Teacher Leader Award

November 28, 2011

Dr. Manorama (Mano) Talaiver

Dr. Manorama (Mano) Talaiver, director of Longwood University's Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP), received the Computational Science Teacher Leader Award for K-12 Outreach on November 15 at the Supercomputing Conference in Seattle.

Dr. Deneese Jones, dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Longwood, nominated Talaiver for the award for her work on the HP STEM Catalyst project "Global Innovation for Science and Technology" which trains teachers in Virginia, Ghana, and India to integrate open source applications and the Internet. During the first year, the project has expanded to include training teachers in three Virginia schools, one school in Ghana, and two schools in India to develop algorithmic thinking, problem-solving and collaboration skills in all students using Scratch.  Teachers are also provided resources to use Kodu and Alice in their classrooms.  Additional funds from HP will allow for the creation of a project involving small groups of students in Ghana, India, South Africa, and Virginia to develop computational thinking when exploring Lilypad Arduino (eTextiles).

 "I am greatly appreciative to HP for funding that provides me the opportunity to serve the students and teachers around the globe," said Dr. Talaiver. "Ghana teachers, particularly keep me on my toes. Recently, when one of the Ghana teachers, Seth, saw me online he immediately wanted to show me what was happening in his classroom with Scratch via Skype."

The focus of the 2011 Supercomputing Conference was Data Intensive Science. Themed "Connecting Communities," the conference featured the latest scientific and technical innovations from around the world and brought together scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, programmers, system administrators and managers.

In 2009, Talaiver was presented Senate Resolution 34 from the Senate of the Commonwealth of Virginia in recognition of her work with low income and minority students and rural school divisions and for earning the Black Engineer of the Year Award for Promotion of Elementary Education at the 2009 STEM Global Competitiveness Conference.  In 2010, the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education presented the Outstanding Service to Digital Equity award to Talaiver.  In addition, the ITTIP received Governor's Technology Award and Virginia Math and Science Coalition's "Programs that Work" award.  

Talaiver, a native of Sivakasi, India, came to the United States in 1981. Before becoming director of Longwood's ITTIP in 2005, she was director of learning technologies at the Science Museum of Virginia.  She has also served as a technology specialist with Chesterfield County schools, at the Mathematics & Science Center in Richmond, and as a math, sciences and computer teacher at Richmond Christian School. Talaiver earned an Ed.D. from the University of Georgia, an M.A. from the Victoria University of Manchester, an M.S. from Madurai University, and a B.S. from Madras University.

Founded in 1999 and based in South Boston, the ITTIP is an outreach of Longwood that helps K-12 teachers integrate technology and disseminate research-based best practices in 35 school divisions in Central and Southside Virginia. The ITTIP works closely with the Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium and collaborates with 15 school divisions of the Central Virginia Technology Consortium.