Owens, Tennessee Tech University's Director of Instructional Technology and professor of curriculum and instruction, will serve a second term as an Apple Distinguished Educator for 2000-2002. The ADE program recognizes educators who most innovatively integrate technology into their curriculum.
"Being an Apple Distinguished Educator is not just about having the title; it's an opportunity for me to find out what's new and effective in technology and pass that along to area teachers trying to give their students advantages in the classroom," said Owens.
Only about 50 educators from the United States and Canada are chosen every two years as distinguished educators. As an ADE, Owens conducts presentations, workshops, and demonstrations and collaborates with educators throughout the world while receiving special support and recognition from Apple.
In the past year, Owens has made presentations to the Florida Education Technology Conference, the National School Board Association, the MacWorld Conference in New York City, the Tennessee Education Technology Conference, and the Chicago Public School System.
Owens directs Tennessee Tech's 21st Century Classroom Project in support of the state's efforts to help K-12 teachers and students maneuver through the technology jungle. At the university, he supervises the Horace M. Jeffers 21st Century Production and Teaching Laboratories, a state-of-the-art center for technology and media production.Through Owens' efforts, hundreds of education majors and teachers have access to a learning resource center offering more than 600 software titles. He specializes in training teachers to integrate multi-media into teaching. He also supervises six multimedia classrooms designed to support early childhood, elementary and secondary education as well as special education and music.