Evaluation: QTL-Enriched Teachers Reach Students
Does student achievement really improve when teachers look for new ways to engage every student?
NC System Wins National Honor
Perquimans County Schools have received the national CoSN Team Award. The honor, bestowed by the Consortium for School Networking, was announced last week at CoSN's annual conference in Washington, DC. The award recognizes a district that excels at integrating instructional technology to improve the educational experience not only for students, but also for educators, parents and the community. Read details from the Scholastic Administrator website. Perquimans County has transformed its schools during the past few years by helping teachers differentiate instructions. Widespread implementation of QTL was one part of the process that helped teachers find effective uses for technology that grants brought into their system. Congratulations to superintendent Dr. Ken Wells, instructional technology specialist Victor Eure, and everyone else at Perquimans County Schools!
Next Step: Whole Faculty Study Groups
Analysis of student data, determining student needs, developing action plans to meet those needs, and monitoring progress on a faculty-wide basis has a tremendous impact on a school's academic climate. A Virginia school district that asked the question "What's next after QTL?" is finding that the Whole Faculty Study Groups approach forms a natural follow-up. District leaders found integrating WFSG into QTL concepts was a recipe for success. Find out why one principal says the process has made him feel more like an instructional leader than ever before.
QTL-Based Collaboration Proves a Powerful Tool
Western Harnett High School has had a very busy year as teachers and staff worked to improve student performance. They've adopted a comprehensive approach using numerous elements including collaboration, research-based teaching strategies, and technology, learned in Quality Teaching and Learning sessions. Find out why that combination of tools and strategies has proven to be a powerful combination.
Brumback Award to be Presented at NCAECT
The annual Elsie L. Brumback Award for leadership in the use of instructional technology will be handed out at this year's NCAECT Conference. The conference is set March 22-24 in Charlotte. Last year's award went to Dr. Betty Weycker of Winston-Salem/Forsyth Schools. The honor is named for Elsie L. Brumback, NCDPI's former director of instructional technology and a member of the Board of Directors of The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning.
QTL Program Lands Teachers on Local TV
Dare County, North Carolina has a tradition of being ahead of the curve - it's where the Wright Brothers launched the First Flight. Now the county is implementing the QTL program (formerly known as ExplorNet) to keep teachers on the cutting edge of instructional technology. The effort is generating attention on the NC Coast and beyond.
Hurricane Recovery Poses Challenges
Some of the schools hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina already lagged behind in the use of instructional technology. Now, a consortium of technology companies and non-profit organizations led by Intel is studying ways to re-build the classroom technology infrastruction better than it was before the storm. Read the story from eSchool News (free registration required).
What Keeps New Teachers in the Classroom?
What would keep more new teachers from leaving the profession within years of entering the classroom? Of course higher salaries would help, but a new report says better peer support and professional development would make an even greater difference.
News and Notes on Classroom Technology
SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION
The Internet can be a great learning resources, especially with the rise of research sites like Wikipedia. But educators and other users face a growing challenge in knowing what information is reliable, and what isn't. A recent report from eSchool News examines the issue.
CATCH A VOLCANO
An Alaska Volcano Observatory web site gives student's a bird's-eye-view of the Augustine Volcano, which began sporadic activity in January. The site features frequently updated pictures and data.
WINDOWS VISTA COMING THIS FALL?
Microsoft says it may release Windows Vista - its first full operating system update in five years - by Thanksgiving. Beta testers and technology writers are already weighing the benefits and the potential problems. Get an early look from PC World.
Best of the Blogs
eSchool News staff searched for the best educational blogs on the 'Net, and found the following standouts:
QTL Instructor Observes Transition
Participation in QTL can bring about dramatic changes in participants' outlook on teaching. A QTL instructor has the opportunity to observe that shift during the first five days of training - then to glimpse the impact on the classroom as teams plan and complete their collaborative projects. Pam Edwards of The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning reflects on what it's like to show teachers new ways to engage their students in active learning.
QTL Program Expands
April ITRT Session Set
A QTL for ITRTs session is scheduled at The Botetourt County Schools Center for Quality Teaching and Learning April 24-28. The program is similar to basic QTL, but is modified to meet the specialized needs of leaders in the use of instructional technology. The five-day session is followed by a project relevant to classroom applications. ITRTs from across Virginia are invited to register online.
2006 Virginia State Technology Conference
March 12-14, 2006
Roanoke Conference Center
2006 NCaect Conference
March 22-24, 2006
Closing the Gap Conference
March 27-29, 2006
Koury Convention Center
2006 Hot Springs Technology Institute
June 14-15, 2006
Hot Springs High School
Hot Springs, AR
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