The Mary F. English Technology Award was established at Northern Illinois University in September of 2000 by donors Dr. Robert and Mrs. Mary English. The Award assists and supports undergraduate students in the College of Education through professional development opportunities supporting technology in the classroom. Award recipients receive current technology equipment for their academic, personal, and professional use. Recipients develop technical skills and gain experience utilizing technology as learning and informational tools.
The current Mary F. English Technology Award recipients attended the 10th annual Learn- IT Conference, hosted by the College of Education ETRA department on May 7th, 2016. The 2016 Learn-IT Conference provided in-service teachers from the northern Illinois area P-12 school districts and NIU students a day full of workshops and training activities to help them use technology to enhance learning in the classroom. MFE scholars attended lecture and hands-on sessions exploring topics such as internet security, 3D augmented reality, planning virtual field trips using Google Earth, among many others.