Who figured North Carolina for the hotbed of education technology vision? Two of three schools winning a competition for edtech vision hail from the Tarheel state. The three schools each get hardward, software and services worth $250,000 as part of a competition sponsored by Dell, Microsoft and Intel, part of the FutureReady program. The winners are:
For small schools: Hall Fletcher Elementary School, Asheville, N.C. Rocko Smucker, technology chair and first grade teacher at his school, has established a three-year technology plan to prepare students to be "producers, creators and entrepreneurs." Using interactive whiteboards and wireless Dell notebooks, Smucker aims to have students' develop 21st century skills by eventually producing 90 percent of their assignments digitally.
For medium schools: Union Pines High School, Cameron, N.C. Robin Calcutt, a teacher at Union Pines, plans to aid teachers in integrating technology into the curriculum; equip a Ninth Grade Academy with handheld computers and other devices to help reduce drop-out rates; and help seniors create e-portfolios of their course work that can be shared with scholarship committees, universities and future employers.
For large schools: Abington Senior High School, Abington, Pa. Laurence Goldberg, director of technology at Abington, envisions students using MP3 devices to create digital portfolios; Dell Intelligent Classroom(TM) technology for collaboration and project-based learning; a state-of-the-art mobile video production lab to produce multimedia reports; and advanced software to create their own multi-user virtual environments. He also plans to implement a platform that enables teachers to manage lessons and assessments on the Web, providing students with anytime, anywhere access to educational content that can be customized to their learning styles, abilities and schedules.