Students at South Warren Elementary School visited the Microsoft Store in Durham this week. These students have been participating in a weekly class to learn coding and computer programming. Microsoft is one of the partners that provides support and resources for the project. These students were able to check out the latest software programs and game development that Microsoft has to offer. Check out scenes from the event.
Warren County Schools Technology Director, Ernie Conner participated in an all-day workshop to learn about the Open Education resources that will be made to North Carolina teachers. Below is a description of the project posted on their website and pictures from the workshop.
The transition to a digital-age education system that fully harnesses the power of modern technologies will impact all aspects of education, including the content students learn, the methods teachers use, where and when learning takes place, what resources are required, and how success is defined and measured. Systemic changes in K-12 education are required in order to effectively prepare students for the rapidly changing, interconnected, technology-driven world. Access to digital content is a significant component of a digital-age education system.
North Carolina is committed to transitioning to the use of high-quality, openly licensed educational resources in schools across the state. The #GoOpen campaign launched by the U.S. Department of Education on October 29, 2015 encourages states, school districts and educators to use openly licensed educational materials. North Carolina has joined the #GoOpen initiative and was recognized for leadership in this area by the U.S. Department of Education. NCDPI is committed to collaborating with state and district leaders, innovative education technology platform providers, and non-profit organizations - all working together to share knowledge and experiences to help educators transition to using openly licensed educational resources.