QTL CareerTech News
Success Stories from Participating Schools
QTL™ for IT Educators works in a variety of schools from
small to large, rural to urban, underserved to wealthy.
The primary goal is to prepare today's high school students
for tomorrow's high-tech workforce.
In this section are stories about how participating schools are capitalizing on the impact QTL™ programs can have.
New Teacher Trainings Set for Summer 2008
New teacher training events have been scheduled for Computer Engineering and Networking I teachers from any state! Sessions are scheduled in North Carolina, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas and Kansas City, Missouri. The schedule is available here.
Moodle-Powered QTL Classroom Site Gets Even Better
Scores of teachers and thousands of students are now using QTL's Moodle-powered system. Introduced in 2006 and made more user-friendly in 2007, the system allows teachers to implement their classrooms online using QTL's official Computer Engineering and Networking I resources. They're able to customize their courses, add resources, adjust schedules and use the system to meet their students' needs. Read more.
SkillsUSA Students Raise Funds for Sick Kids' Families
West Johnston High School Computer Engineering teacher Todd Thibault leads the school's SkillsUSA chapter. His students' public service project - collecting soda can tabs to help pay families' stays at Duke Hospital's Ronald McDonald House - drew attention earlier this year. This fall it has continued to grow beyond anyone's expectations. Watch and read coverage from Raleigh television station NBC17.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Teachers Among Dozens Trained
Some three dozen teachers entered QTL's Computer Engineering and Networking I courses during 2007. That number included teachers from a dozen Charlotte-Mecklenburg high schools, as well as our first teacher in the state of Kansas. That teacher, Ron Spalding of Olathe High School Northwest in suburban Kansas City, was so enthusiastic he's now set to lead a scheduled training in July 2008. That session is one of several set for Summer 2008. Other trainings are scheduled for North Carolina, Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi. See the schedule here.
Students Build Computers for NC District's Classrooms
Hands-on learning is crucial in the IT classroom. Students in a North Carolina high school get plenty of it, and benefit the school system, to boot. Read how.
|Students Impress Teachers
Students in participating QTL™ IT classrooms do some impressive things. High schoolers in Jacksonville, NC took what they learned in class one step further, setting up a sideline business customizing computers. They even created videos to help their peers learn how to do it. Read more.
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Innovation in the Classroom
Why tackle a technical project that's not in the curriculum? One QTL-affiliated teacher had his students help build and troubleshoot a 15-station open source computer cluster with a gig of RAM available on every machine. Find out why he thinks the project will help students' test scores.
First Person: QTL's Professional Learning Community
A Raleigh, NC high school teacher says the ability to communicate with other Information Technology instructors is a key benefit of QTL's IT programs. In fact, he says it has helped put him and other Wake County IT teachers on the cutting edge. Find out why.
Teachers Network at Hot Springs Gathering
Talking with other IT teachers is a rare treat for some. A roomful of Arkansas Computer Engineering teachers got the chance to do that, and a lot more, at a QTL in-service training. Find out what was on their minds.
Forging Better Relations in the School
What's the best way to make sure IT students have the benefit for hands-on learning - while protecting the school's technology infrastructure? A cooperative relationship between teachers, administrators and technology staff is the key to solving a potentially thorny issue. Read how one North Carolina school is making it work for everyone.
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