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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Teachers get schooled on digital learning | The Robesonian

Photo: Tasha Oxendine
"As students prepare to head back to the classroom on Monday, their teachers have spent some time in class themselves as they add some state-of-the-art tools to their 21st Century Tool Kit" summarizes Tasha Oxendine, spokeswoman for the Public Schools of Robeson County.

Nore than 350 educators from across the state participated in the “Exploring the N.C. Digital Learning Competencies for Teachers Summer 2017” training that was held at Lumberton High.
Photo: The Robesonian

The students in Stacy Lovdahl’s class spent a great portion of her class on their cell phones on Saturday. The class wasn’t texting. The phones were mostly pointed toward the ceiling as this class of teachers learned about virtual reality tools.

One of those students is Heather Locklear, a high school media coordinator at Purnell Swett High.

“In the virtual-reality session we used the tools that the students already have, their personal smartphone devices to create projects in the classroom to document different geographic locations. Today has been awesome and we know that it will increase student engagement and enhance learning,” said Locklear.

Locklear was among more than 350 educators from across the state who participated in the “Exploring the N.C. Digital Learning Competencies for Teachers Summer 2017” training at Lumberton High.

Jill Darrough coordinated the professional learning as a member of the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s Digital Learning Team.

“This is Day 8 of our trek across the state,” she said. “It is Digital Literacy Competencies to support the implementation of the Digital Learning Competencies in the new licensure policy update that requires all teachers to have two CEU or credits for digital learning competencies starting on or after June 30, 2019. It affects all educators that are renewing their license whether their teachers or administrators.”

Cindi Humphrey, the media coordinator at Littlefield Middle, said the training was timely for her school.
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Source: The Robesonian