Hampton Township School District technical director earns national honor
Ed McKaveney's contributions to education as technology director at Hampton Township School District are being recognized at a national level.
The Consortium for School Networking, a national professional association for school district technology leaders, named McKaveney the 2013 Withrow Chief Technology Officer Award recipient during a special ceremony last month.
“Whether by working with other district leaders or community partners, (McKaveney) displays the leadership needed to establish an effective and safe digital learning environment,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of the Consortium for School Networking.
“He is a very worthy recipient of this year's Withrow Award, and we welcome this opportunity to honor his contributions to the education technology community.”
McKaveney has been at Hampton for nine years and in his tenure has seen technology change drastically.
“There's a lot of changes in that role (technology director),” McKaveney said. “Originally it was a coordinator-type position.
They coordinated the wires when technology wasn't as expansive or diverse.”
To prepare students for a future using technology and to enhance the learning environment through technological resources, McKaveney worked to expand the districts' technological offerings and worked to install wireless networks in all of the buildings to expand the use of technology.
McKaveney said his job has changed as technology changes and today he works to set up more frequent video conferences with Hampton students and groups from around the world.
Most recently, McKaveney received a $20,000 grant through the Grable and Benedum Foundations to purchase a 3D printer, which will enable students to create a 3D object from a digital model.
“You have to understand technology in education, in personal use or government is so across-the-board, it's not going away,” McKaveney said. “So the better you can prepare people for that and for future needs is a step in the right direction.”
In addition to focusing on technology in education, McKaveney also reaches out to the community to present programs in technology education.
He has worked to organize the biennial district wide technology exposition to share the district's technology initiatives with the community, and he frequently works with the local law enforcement agencies and community groups to provide Internet safety and security presentations.
“I have a commitment to Hampton,” said McKaveney, a lifelong Hampton resident. “I think it's really amazing being part of that transforming culture of technology use and impact across all the different areas.
“I enjoy seeing what other people do … when we introduce (new technology) to them and they adapt it and run with it and integrate it into their job.”
Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.