Friday, June 10, 2011

NCCU School of Education Offers Summer Technology Institute

Durham is home to two universities, and NCCU is attracting significant nation attention with forward thinking programs and excellence in the classroom.  The upcoming Third Annual Summer Technology institute is a great example.

The North Carolina Central University School of Education will hold its third annual Summer Technology Institute, “Preparing 21st Century Educators as Technology Leaders to Teach Millennial Students,” on June 23 and 24. The Institute will take place in the H.M. Michaux Jr. School of Education from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days.

Anthony Tata, superintendent of the Wake County Public School System, and Bruce Friend, director of SAS Curriculum Pathways, will offer keynote addresses.

Tata served as chief operating officer of the District of Columbia Public Schools before joining the Wake County school system in January. A retired brigadier general, Tata served 28 years in the U.S. Army.  For the past decade, Friend has been working in online education as the chief administrator for two virtual schools, one in Florida and one in Raleigh.  Most recently he guided the creation of online programs in South Carolina and North Carolina. Before SAS, Friend served as the vice president for the North American Council of Online Learning, a nonprofit organization providing support to students, parents and online learning programs.

The two-day event at NCCU will offer a variety of workshops, including:

 *   Using Smartboards to teach mathematics, science, social studies and language arts;
 *   Google apps in the classroom;
 *   Using Hyperstudio 5 to create digital content;
 *   Using iPads and and smartphones to enhance instruction;
 *   Using social networks to support instruction and teaching with Elluminate.

Registration for the Summer Technology Institute continues until June 15. Lunch will be provided both days.  See the event website for more information and registration. 

Founded in 1910, North Carolina Central University was the first publicly supported liberal arts college for African-Americans.  Today, this dynamic campus has a diverse student body of 8,600 enrolled in academic programs including law, biotechnology, library science, business, nursing, education and the arts.  For two years in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked NCCU as the best public historically black college or university in the nation.

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