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Helping NC teachers bridge the digital divide

On Friday, 100 of the very best teachers in North Carolina met in Durham to learn more about best practices in social media.

The teachers learned how to organize, formulate, and plan a social media strategy to help them communicate with their students, parents, teachers and their communities. They learned how to build social campaigns, create strong identity and engagement, know and connect to their audiences, and understand leading practices with social platforms. They learned how to become digital champions and social media coaches, taking what they learn and sharing it with their fellow teachers, students, administrators, and communities.

A press release about the event said nearly nine of 10 — 87 percent — of teachers have not incorporated social media into their classrooms, according to a new survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the University of Phoenix. The survey also found that more teachers, 62 percent, said they are reluctant to incorporate social media in their classrooms.

The annual Teacher of the Year Summit brings together the state’s top teacher in his/her district to collaborate and to learn about an area(s) that is on the cutting edge of development/use. These teachers reflect all grade levels and all areas of expertise and skill levels regarding subject matter. Some of these TOYs have been teaching for more than 25 years, while others may have only been in the classroom for five years.

This year IBM, Communities in Schools of NC, and the NC Department of Public Instruction formed a unique public-private partnership to provide the workshop to the TOYs.

 

 

Alex Granados

Alex Granados is senior reporter for EducationNC.