District of Columbia Public Schools won first place in the 2010 Digital Education Achievement Awards (DEAA) and Best of the Web Awards, according to an announcement made today by the Center for Digital Education and Converge online. The awards showcase exceptional K-12 and higher education Web sites, digital technology projects and programs that have enriched education for students and teachers.

“Despite the tough economy, education leaders remain committed to improving learning through the tools of technology,” said Cathilea Robinett, vice president of the center, in a press statement. “Our DEAA winners demonstrate truly innovative uses of technology and the Best of the Web winners have beautiful, functional websites that speak to the needs of students, parents and educators. Congratulations to you all!”

Similarly, District Mayor Adrian Fenty celebrated the city’s commendation and technological advances.

“Since Day One, my administration has been dedicated to transforming our schools into a high-performing system that delivers the education our students and parents deserve,” said Fenty in a statement. “Technology is one of the many tools we’re using in that transformation, and I’m delighted to see our efforts honored with this award.”

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