Digital Teaching and Learning, Region 6



Speak Up - North Carolina Challenge

More than 500,000 students, parents and teachers will share their views on technology and learning to inform policy at the local, state and national levels as part of the 13th annual Speak Up National Research Project. Between now and December 18th, all K-12 students, parents, teachers, administrators and community members in North Carolina have the opportunity to participate in the online surveys. To manage your school or district information and obtain free, online access to your school or district’s aggregated results, your registration must be activated with a primary contact by registering on the Speak Up website. The district/school timeline is a great tool to help you prepare for the Speak Up survey period.
North Carolina had two districts listed in the Top 5 Districts across the nation for total participation last year. Our challenge is to have more NC districts recognized as Leading School Districts for 2015! Speak Up data is a data source to inform their district technology planning and budgets, assess professional development needs, plan school reform efforts, measure the effectiveness of Digital Teaching & Learning initiatives or substantiate grant applications. Check out our Speak Up Wiki. Follow Speak Up on Twitter @SpeakUpEd.

Connected Educator Month

One important note to remember as you “get involved” during Connected Educator Month is that this is a year-round, lifelong process. Today we examine ways to keep your connectedness perpetual. Here is a list of some of the things that we are doing during the week of October 19th: Let’s make it *real* in North Carolina!!!

The Week Ahead: Visit the “Connected Educator’s” week ahead page on Mondays to find the exciting things that are taking place during the week. Find activities that may pique your interest!

It’s Digital Citizenship Week!!! How are you promoting digital citizenship within your district?

Visit this article at Edutopia that examines ways to “stay connected.” Topics include “Five Ways to Connect” and “Do-It-Yourself Professional Development.” You will also find additional resources within this article.

Have you examined this year’s Connected Educator (CE) Themes? Tweet about your activities during this week by using the hashtags #CE15 and #nctechat. While you are at it, be sure to follow the Digital Teaching and Learning team @ncdpiDTL.

To keep things even more interesting, follow along with the suggested activities in the Connected Educator Starter Kit !!!

Digital Learning Plan, Town Hall Meeting
What: NC Digital Learning Town Hall Meeting hosted by the Friday Institute for Education Innovation at NC State University
Who: NCTIES attendees with an interest in guiding the future of digital learning in the state
When: March 5, 2015 from 5:00-6:30pm
Where: Raleigh Convention Center Ballroom
Why: We need your feedback on preliminary findings from data and input gathered by the Friday Institute from many stakeholders across the state.
Space is limited to the first 250 people who register. Click here to register.
Questions: Suzanne Branon at

Introducing “Federal Flash,” A Weekly Update on Education Developments from Washington, DC in Five Minutes or Less
Today, the Alliance for Excellent Education introduces “Federal Flash,” a brand-new weekly video series that will keep you in the loop on important developments in education policy in Washington, DC. In less than five minutes, the Alliance will review the latest federal activity while previewing what to expect in the week ahead.
Watch this week's video at .
If you have a question you’d like us to answer on Federal Flash, reply to this email or tweet us @all4ed and use the hashtag #FederalFlash.
Alliance for Excellent Education
1201 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 901
Washington, DC 20036

PRC 030 Funds (July 30, 2014)
At the June State Board of Education meeting, the Board approved the application process for the PRC 030 funds that were allocated in the 2013 General Assembly Budget. This process set a deadline for applications of August 1, 2014. Since that time, the 2014 General Assembly short session budget negotiations have been taking place. While we still await a final budget, early proposed versions from the House eliminated the PRC 030 funds and moved them into other school fund sources. Therefore, it is possible that there will be no PRC 030 funds for 2014-15 and therefore will be no need for an application process. However, until we see a final budget, we do not know if this change will actually take place. Therefore, we are postponing the application deadline until August 15, 2014. If the budget does eliminate these funds, we will send out another communication letting you know that you do not need to apply. Thank you for your patience with this process.
-- Tracy S. Weeks, Ph.D | Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer

iPad digital storytelling workshop
LEARN NC and the Center for Digital Storytelling are co-hosting an iPad digital storytelling workshop from March 27-29, 2014 at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. This immersive workshop will focus on the strategies and technologies of creating a digital narrative with a special emphasis on classroom application.
This hands-on workshop supports participants as they create powerful first-person narratives by harnessing the audio and visual digital capabilities of the iPad. The workshop is an exciting introduction into the experience of writing for multimedia and developing visual narratives that enhance the communication value of the story. The workshop process includes an introduction to the “Seven Steps of Digital Storytelling,” participation in a story circle, script writing and recording, and using the photo and video editing features of the iPad to integrate images and audio. Digital stories are completed during the workshop. As they finish their digital stories, participants move into the second component of the workshop, in which we explore implementation issues. Strategies for managing the creation of digital stories in K-12 classrooms are presented and discussed.
Each participant receives a digital packet of classroom resources for digital storytelling projects, including a software guide and a sample assessment rubric. iPads will also be available for use. Continuing Education Credits are available through LEARN NC.
Deadline for registration is March 14, 2014. You can also find more information here:

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Librarian
Please find linked below Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Librarian released October 31st and distributed at the recent American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Conference to all attendees. This Action Brief for school librarians is a starting point, designed to increase awareness of the standards, create a sense of urgency around their implementation, and provide these stakeholders — who are faced with dramatically increased expectations in the context of fewer resources — with a deeper understanding of the standards and their role in implementing the standards. Achieve, in partnership with the American Association of School Librarians, released this with support from the MetLife Foundation.
Excellent examples are provided throughout the document which paint a picture for school librarians and other stakeholders in your schools what the potential role for school librarians can and should be in regard to implementation of the CCSS and the change in school culture needed to effect that change.

Friends Groups: Critical Support for School Libraries by Sally Gardner Reed, Executive Director, United for Libraries, is a free toolkit geared toward school librarians looking to create a Friends group of parents, faculty, and community members and/or a Student Friends Group. (Released November 2013).

Division of Digital Teaching and Learning
Our division is no longer updating the website at but IS STILL AVAILABLE!. Please update your bookmarks to reflect the sites and functions mentioned below.
New DTL Site for static information -
DTL Wiki for content and professional standards professional development -
DTL Wiki dynamic information, including links to DTL team members’ wikis -

Each year NCTIES recognizes outstanding individuals who have shown outstanding achievement and leadership in implementing technology to improve education. Winners of each award are eligible, per NCTIES Board approval, to submit applications for the ISTE awards.
Information and application links are below.
Media Specialist Technology Innovation Award
Outstanding Teacher Award
Outstanding Leader Award
Making IT Happen
For information, contact Cathy Evanoff, Awards-NCTIES,

Speak Up
Sign Up for Speak UP
Calling all K-12 Students, Teachers, Administrators & Parents to share their ideas about the use of technology for learning through SPEAK UP 2013 sponsored by Project Tomorrow. Surveys are available until December 20, 2013 for: K-12 students, teachers, librarians, principals, district administrators, technology leaders, parents, business partners and community members. The parent survey is also available in Spanish! Every participating school and district receives free online access to your own participant data in February 2014 including the national and state data for comparison.

Online Assessment
Updates and Reminders, December 2013
Online Assessment Updates and Reminders_120413.pdf
Secure Platforms OnlineTesting Survey_120413_RG.pdf

PRC 15, Revision 15

PRC 30 Digital Learning Funds
PRC 30 Digital Learning Funds have been allocated from lottery proceeds in the 2013-2015 biennial budget for digital learning content and professional development. A county may use monies in this fund for digital learning needs such as school connectivity, digital textbooks and instructional resources, or digital devices. A county that uses these funds for digital learning needs shall also use a portion of the funds to ensure high-quality, ongoing professional development for teachers.
Quick list for PRC 30 Chart of Accounts:

Educator Effectiveness and Career and Technical Education Assessments
In October 2013, the State Board of Education (SBE) approved a new policy (GCS-A-016) on the use of state assessments in North Carolina's educator effectiveness model. This new policy lists the assessments that will be used to measure student growth and outlines policies and procedures for the administration of the NC Final Exams (formerly known as the Common Exams). While the Career and Technical Education (CTE) State Assessments are listed in the policy as one of the assessments to measure student growth, the CTE State Assessments are not subject to all of the requirements of the new policy. This memo provides clarity to the requirements for the administration of the CTE assessments.

Microsoft IT Academy
The Microsoft IT Academy is available again this year offering several opportunities to grow your expertise with E-Learning courses offered through NCDPI! Get started right away with Teaching with Technology and Office 2010 courses that are preloaded into your My Learning space or choose from over 1800 courses listed in the Learning Catalog. Both Windows and Mac versions are included for many titles! Over 100,000 students and staff have earned Microsoft certifications since the academy’s inception!
Learn more on the NC IT Academy website. Follow these steps to get started!

"Give Five - Read Five"
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has launched the "Give Five - Read Five" campaign. As a part of this initiative, we are asking parents, business leaders and members of our communities to donate five new or gently-used books to their local elementary school. Research done at Harvard University by Dr. James Kim shows that even reading four or five books over the summer helps to prevent the summer slump so just imagine what we will accomplish if we make sure every student in grades K-5 leaves school on the last day of the year with new books in hand. Read more...

Tools for Classroom and Benchmark Assessments
Beginning July 1, 2013, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction will begin implementation of Home Base, an instructional improvement system that will be a resource for teachers, parents, students, and administrators. Home Base will include classroom and benchmark assessment items for use by LEAs and schools across the state. To facilitate use of these tools, the current item banks delivered through ClassScape will be loaded into Home Base by July 1, 2013. Read more...

NCSLMA Opportunities
NCSLMA is currently accepting applications for the following opportunities:

New HOME BASE Website, Webinar and Email Address
The HOME BASE (formerly known as IIS) website is now available at
Register at to attend the Dec. 11 Home Base Introductory Teacher Webinar from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Send questions or comments to:

CeCTO Certification Program
The NC Certified Educational Chief Technology Officer certification program (CeCTO) is an exciting and dynamic program featuring two components: one for superintendents and one for technology directors. Instruction for the CeCTO course covers topics such as strategic technology planning, communications, project management, emerging trends, risk assessment and management, acquisition management, change management, leadership, security, legal issues, and financial trends. Over 82 LEAs and charter schools have already participated and benefited from the program. For the 2013 year, the NCDPI will cover registration costs; travel costs are the responsibility of the LEA or charter school. The application process can be found online at . Please be sure to follow the application directions listed on the top right corner of the webpage. The application deadline is Dec. 21. If you have additional questions, please contact Maurice Ferrell at or Shannon Tufts at

Podcasts on Common Core, New Assessments and More
With the many changes occurring in the NC Standard Course of Study, along with new assessments, a new educator evaluation system and more, the NCDPI has produced a number of podcasts for teachers, principals, parents and others interested in a video resource to explain the work under way. Topics include READY Overview, Why the Common Core, Assessments, Educator Effectiveness Common Exams. Visit to access these podcasts. For more information, contact Michael Yarbrough at

Assessment Specifications for Common Exams Available Online
Teachers can access the assessment specifications for the high school common exams on the Educator Effectiveness website. The specifications provide information on the standards within a course, how heavily each is weighted on the common exam, and which question types will be used to assess each standard. Specifications for the middle school and upper elementary school common exams will be posted in the coming months. To find the assessment specifications, please visit
For more information, please contact

Online Testing Webinar
An Online Assessment-What You Need to Know webinar for LEA/charter school test coordinators and LEA/charter school technical staff will be held on Monday, November 19 from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm.This webinar will provide an overview of the new online assessment features for 2012-13, changes to the NCTest technical requirements, and tips for successful online assessment administrations. Space is limited. Reserve your seat as soon as possible. We recommend district-level staff participate as a group to allow for internal discussion. Register for the webinar at
Any documents/resources presented during the webinar will be available on Tuesday, November 20 on the Accountability Services webpage at:

Nov. 13, 2012
The EVAAS team at the SAS Institute will hold six webinars this week on various topics related to EVAAS.
To access the schedule for the training, please visit

Intel Teach Program, Essentials Course for Master Teachers
Free, hands-on, professional development - focused on the essentials of effective technology integration
You're invited to learn how, when, and where to incorporate technology tools and resources into your curriculum to enhance student learning and develop higher-order thinking skills. You will learn effective ways to create assessment tools and align unit and lesson plans with NC SCOS.
Location: Thomasville Middle School | 400 Unity St. | Thomasville, NC 27360
Dates: Dec. 3rd through 6th, 2012
Times: 8am - 4pm
For more information, contact:
Deborah Goodman, ITA |

Making the Most of Your E-rate Applications
Funds For Learning is offering a free applicant-centered (nationwide) workshop on November 14, 2012. Cracking The Window: Making the Most of Your E-rate Applications. The Cracking The Window webinar series will take an applicant-centered look at the E-rate program, sharing practical solutions you can use during the upcoming E-rate filing window. The free event will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 2:00 Eastern time. Registration is open to E-rate applicants across the country. Applicants may register here.

Common Core Webinars from NC WiseOwl/Britannica
Britannica and NC WiseOwl will offer a series of Webinars focusing on using Britannica Online with the Common Core. Sessions will start November 5th. Further information and registration links are available here:
All sessions will be archived for future access. Contact Dan Sparlin ( with any questions.

Tech Readiness Tool
It is now time for the Fall 2012 data collection for the Technology Readiness Tool. Please review the information that has been provided for your LEAs and schools and see if there are changes to be made or information to be added to the system. All updates and new information should be entered into the system by December 1, 2012. Please direct all questions to Kayla Siler at The user's guide and all training materials can be found on the website at

Technology Proficiency Reporting Requirements
There is still a federal requirement to report technology proficiency in 2012. Due to delays in USED communications, LEAs have not yet received reporting information. Please continue to implement the plans that you have in place for gathering proficiency data. Directions for reporting that data will be communicated as soon as possible.
STEM Webinar Scheduled
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in collaboration with NC STEM will host a STEM Webinar on Thursday, January 26, 2012, from 10-11 am. The webinar will focus on a new service for North Carolina schools called the NC STEM Learning Network. This webinar is designed to elaborate on STEM tools, resources and professional development programs for schools, school systems, and programs. To register please visit: . After you register, you will receive an email message with participation instructions. For more information contact: Tina Marcus at or 919-807-3423.
2012 Intel Schools of Distinction Awards
Does your school demonstrate 21st century teaching and learning environments that promote excellence in math and science? Enter the 2012 Intel Schools of Distinction Awards and your school could win up to $25,000 cash grant from the Intel Foundation and more than $100,000 in products and services from program award sponsors. Six winners will be selected – two from each grade range (K-5, 6-8, and 9-12) – in each of the two categories of math and science. Don’t miss this opportunity to apply - the application deadline is Feb. 23, 2012.

School or District of the Month
eSchool News want to recognize the hard work that has helped your school or district become a model for others seeking to more effectively integrate technology into every aspect of the educational and administrative process. Just complete a short submission form and your school or district could be selected as the next "School of District of the Month."

Race to the Top Archived Updates
Archived Race to the Top Weekly Updates are available at:
If you would like to be on this listserv, please send your email address to

Upcoming IIS Webinars
NCDPI is partnering with the North Carolina Association of Educators to present webinars around how the new Instructional Improvement System (IIS) will help teachers assess their students and target curricular resources to meet individual student needs.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM EST
For more information, please contact

2012 CeCTO Class
Registration for the 2012 CeCTO class is still open. For more information, and to "hear" how your colleagues have benefited from the past two years of these courses, visit:

Contact your NCDPI Regional Instructional Technology consultant for additional registration information.

Because many in the field have already completed the program, we are waiving the requirement of mandatory superintendent attendance IF YOUR LEA SUPERINTENDENT/CHARTER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HAS ALREADY COMPLETED THE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM. I hope that those of you who have not taken advantage of this opportunity will consider being part of the 2012 CeCTO class!

Each year NCTIES recognizes outstanding individuals who have shown outstanding achievement and leadership in implementing technology to improve education.
Media Specialist Technology Innovation Award
Outstanding Teacher Award
Outstanding Leader Award

Speak Up 2011 is open!
To find out more about Speak Up, visit
Speak Up is a national research project that collects and reports the views of K-12 students, teachers, administrators, and parents on the use of technology for learning. Administrators and teachers can collect and use the data to conduct a needs assessment and create a vision for 21st century learning in their school/district/state. They can also use the data to create and inform technology initiatives or create strategic technology plans.

To take the survey, go to

To get your LEA school login information, contact your NCDPI Regional Instructional Technology consultant. The survey will be open until December 23, so please encourage everyone you know and work with to take this survey!