SNU Alumnus named OTA Teacher of the Year

BETHANY, Okla. (February 15, 2011) – Southern Nazarene University alumnus, Jody Bowie (’07), was named “Teacher of the Year” by the Oklahoma Technology Association.

Bowie is a physics and earth science teacher at Putnam City High School. This year he was named Teacher of the year at PCO and is one of the top five finalists for Putnam City School district Teacher of the Year.

Bowie is known for using technology tools like Facebook, Twitter and Moodle as part of his teaching. He uses a blog in which students post and respond to his questions as well as other students. Students also take tests using a Google form. Bowie is able to review an auto-generated spreadsheet to track students’ progress and see how well they are doing with certain concepts. From his perspective, 21st-century students will soon turn into members of the 21st-century workforce, and he uses tools and techniques to make sure they will be prepared.

Bowie also uses technology to learn himself. He uses twitter to bounce ideas off of other twitter users and he will read books that others tweet about liking.

PCO principal, Dr. Don Wentroth said about Bowie, “Jody not only challenges his students with relevant lessons in physics, but also uses the most current technologies to stimulate discussions and research among his classes. Jody also shares his knowledge of technology and lesson design with our faculty in staff development presentations. He has a positive attitude and an incredible work ethic that benefits everyone he is in contact with.”

Bowie holds a bachelor’s degree in science education from SNU and will complete his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at SNU this May. He is a member of the National Association of Physics Teachers, the National Science Teachers Association and the Oklahoma Science Teachers Association, and is listed in the International Edubloggers Directory. He is married to Michelle Bowie, member of the SNU class of ’94 and current SNU Faculty member. They have 2 children, Jessica and JC. Jessica plans to attend SNU in the fall of 2011.

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