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Chatham County high schools send representatives to Technology Institute

Posted Thursday, July 30, 2009

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Fifteen high school teachers and administrators from Chatham County Schools attended a Raleigh institute July 8-10 in preparation for all high school students being issued laptops this fall. The host site was The William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation on the North Carolina State University campus. The institute was funded by BB&T and The Golden LEAF Foundation. A team from each of the three county high schools, SAGE Academy, and the central office attended.

The participants focused on teaching and learning strategies for 21st century learners using technology. The specific topics were:
• The nature of 21st century teaching and learning in 1 to 1 environments;
• Preparing and supporting teachers to teach in a 21st century, 1 to 1 classroom;
• Providing a robust, reliable technology infrastructure and effective technical and instructional support; and
• Leading successful, sustainable innovations in schools and districts through involving teachers, parents, businesses, and communities.

“Not only were we introduced to some amazing technology tools to help with student learning, we were also able to plan together as school and district teams to develop a plan to make the best use of the 1 to 1 initiative. Peggy and her team were invaluable in guiding us as we embark on this trip into the 21st century. I honestly believe it will revolutionize what we do in schools,” said Mitch Stensland, Principal of Chatham Central High School.

“The 1 to 1 Institute provided an opportunity for our team of teachers and administrators to learn from other districts across the state. They shared best practices as well as challenges to better prepare our district to transform into a successful reality for our students this year,” noted Peggy Douglas, Director of Technology for Chatham County Schools.

Each high school will issue laptops to students during evening student-parent orientation sessions. Chatham Central will issue laptops to its juniors and seniors on August 26 and to its sophomores and freshmen on August 27. Jordan-Matthews will issue laptops to its juniors and seniors on August 27 and to its sophomores and freshmen on August 31. Northwood will issue laptops to its seniors on August 31, juniors on September 1, sophomores on September 2, and freshmen on September 3. SAGE Academy plans to issue laptops to its students on Thursday, August 27, at 7:00 p.m. during its first PTA meeting of the school year. Specific times and other details of the orientation sessions will be announced closer to those dates.

For more information about the July technology institute and the 1 to 1 Learning Program in Chatham County Schools go to the following link.

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