TIPS was originally created by Maggie Whittington in April of 2001, with Jeffrey Jones taking over as editor in November of that same year. After his retirement in 2015, he passed the keyboard to Kelly Fischer. Along the way, TIPS has gone through a lot of changes. Originally produced using web authoring, it grew to a multi-page monthly e-zine, with regular features like “Into the Classroom,” “Literacy Online,” and even humor through “The Network is Down.” In the fall of 2005, TIPS moved to a blog format, delivered through the Fayette County custom online writing and blog platform, The Point. During the 2011-12 school year, TIPS moved to a WordPress-driven blog format, which is still being used today.
Throughout its history, TIPS (which originally stood for “Technology Integration Promotes Success”) has served three purposes:
- To promote the idea that technology serves as a tool, and a metaphor, for educational reform and improved student learning,
- As a celebration of the work of the staff of the Office of Instructional Technology in the pursuit of that goal, and
- As a method of communicating teacher effective practices and student learning successes using technology.
As we move into this new era, look for this 14-year tradition to continue!