Norwin educator one of six in country to attend academy

| Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, 8:21 p.m.

A Norwin educator will head to London to learn the newest trends in technology, then integrate them into her classroom.

Katherine Kauffman, library media specialist at Norwin High School, was selected to attend the Google Teacher Academy London next month. Kauffman is one of 50 teachers — only six from the United States — to earn a spot at the training.

“I'm hoping to bring back interesting new technology tools that will ultimately make our students more successful,” Kauffman said.

Norwin school board members voted to approve Kauffman's trip last week.

Kauffman transitioned into library services after working as an English teacher. She works with students from ninth to 12th grades.

Although she was interested in the book-end of library science, she realized how prevalent computers and technology had become for students.

“Not only are we teaching science, English and math, we're trying to incorporate skills for jobs that aren't even created yet,” she said. “We do have this need. It's a requirement to teach students these skills for jobs that don't exist yet.”

In addition to helping students with book selections, Kauffman said part of her responsibilities include showing students how to complete proper citations for research papers and using web tools for presentations.

“We really do cater to both sides,” Kauffman said. “I do have a large collection of fiction and nonfiction books that get used often. At the same time, I get to teach students how to do reliable web research with Google.”

The Google Teacher Academy is a two-day program that will show educators innovative instructional strategies and hands-on Google technology.

The program was started in 2006 at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Since then, it has been held in several locations across the United States, Australia and United Kingdom for more than 800 educators.

Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626 or

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