The Division of Digital Teaching and Learning at the NC Department of Public Instruction is seeking to fill an Educator on Loan position. The Digital Teaching and Learning Educator on Loan will support the mission of the division by providing professional development to school districts and charters as they plan and implement digital learning initiatives. If you're interested in pursuing this opportunity, please review the job description and complete the simple google form. Be sure to include a link to your cover letter and resume as part of the form.

If you have any questions, please reach out to


As you know, NCWiseOwl is a great resource for our students and teachers. It has a wide variety of resources across multiple subject areas. In order to support teachers in using these resources we created a NCWiseOwl Toolkit. This toolkit provides promotional materials and tutorials to help support and encourage the use of the content available from NCWiseOwl.

Also, you will find information about WiseOwl Wednesdays in the toolkit. These Wednesday features include webinars and tweets to help NC teachers learn more about the use of NCWiseOwl. We will even use a special hashtag (#NCWOWed) on Wednesdays to share tips and tricks to better leverage NCWiseOwl resources.

In case you missed it, we have also had a password change for off campus use of NCWiseOwl. Please email me if you need the password. The password can be shared with parents and students, but should not be placed on public facing webpages.

Please share this information with others in your district.


Updated Technical Specification and NCTest Support pages for the 2015-16 are currently available at

The NCTest Secure Browser is no longer supported and will be blocked from accessing NCTest beginning July 1, 2015.

The link above will direct you to the Technical Specification page. The blue link on the Technical Specification page that says NCTest Support will direct you to additional important information about each device.

The blue links located in the iPad section in the NCTest Support page will give additional information for iPad use.

The Chrome browser with the NCTest Chrome App is now required for desktop computers and will update when it is launched. If you already have the Chrome App on machines, no new install or download is needed.

The NCTest iPad App will require an update later in the summer. An announcement will be made when the updated App is available for download. Please continue using the current version until that time.

NCTest HELP: or 919-515-1320


2015 Personalized Learning for Educators
This summer, the NCDPI, along with the Digital Teaching and Learning Division, provided professional learning opportunities in each of the eight regions. The Personalized Learning for Educators (PLE) 2015 sessions included professional development related to HomeBase applications.

Visit the 2015 PLE wiki for session content and resources.

Schoolnet and Canvas
All of the LEAs in the Northwest Region have opted-in to Schoolnet and Canvas for the 2015-16 school year. I look forward to working with and supporting you as you work to implement these tools in your schools.

Testing Info
This info was posted to the TNN testing network. Sending your way to make sure you have the info to use as you plan forward….
  • NCTest will not be accessible on devices with the following operating systems beginning July 1, 2015:
    • Apple OS X 10.6
    • Microsoft Windows XP
    • Microsoft Windows Vista
  • The Secure Browser will no longer work beginning July 1, 2015.
  • Users of supported versions of OS X and Microsoft Windows will be required to have the Chrome Browser installed along with the NCTest Chrome App.
  • iPad users will continue to use the NCTest iPad App.
  • Chromebooks will NOT be able to directly access NCTest -- they will be required to use the NCTest Chrome App.

I wanted to call your attention to this information from the memo that was distributed about Canvas.

As Race to the Top comes to a close, there may be remaining funds that we can distribute to assist with first year subscriber fees for LEAs and Charter Schools that wish to purchase the Canvas service for the first time. Until we come closer to the end of the grant, however, we cannot guarantee the amount (if any) of this assistance. If this assistance is available, only those LEAs and Charter Schools who have committed to enter a contract by July 15, 2015, will be eligible; to be considered, LEAs and Charters must notify us of this commitment by completing this form​ by May 1, 2015. If you have questions about this process, please contact James Robinson ( at the NCSU Friday Institute.

You can view the memo in its entirety at ​.

Please note that the date to complete the form is today.

Also, Canvas will demonstrate the product during a series of webinars. Visit and scroll to the bottom of the page to sign up for a demo.​​

IAM (Identity Access Management)
LEAs and Charter Schools can begin providing employees and students with account access as soon as their rollout processes are in place. Key technical staff should claim their accounts now and request privileged roles through the Workflow process.
Why claim an account now? North Carolina has nearly 1.9 million teachers, students, and staff that will be using their accounts starting July 6. Be prepared for this by claiming your account now.
· Are you a technology leader? Claim your account now and request theLEA Administrator role.
· Are you a PowerSchool data coordinator, HR or payroll data person?Claim your account now and request the LEA Data Auditor role.
· Make sure you have requested the right role! More information on roles is on the Getting Started page and in the FAQ.
Office Hours
The IAM team holds office hours on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month. You can call in with questions and get direct help.
IAM Office Hours
More Useful Links
If you have an NCEdCloud IAM related question your first sources for information can be the training videos at and to visit the IAM info site In particular you may wish to visit some of these useful links:
Getting Started
Claim your account at the main IAM Site
Claim My Account Video
FAQ item: “What roles with elevated privileges can an employee request through the workflow process?”
NCEdCloud IAM Info Site
IAM Frequently Asked Questions
For Teachers and Staff
Charter School Data Upload Process
IAM Training Videos -> Training

Bryan Fazekas
Project Manager, NCEdCloud IAM Service

IAM Readiness Survey
The NCEdCloud team has asked that we gather some information about IAM plans in districts and charter schools. Please take just a minute to complete the survey linked below.

AMTR (Annual Media and Technology Report)
Attached is an updated list of AMTR subscribers as of Thursday April 16, 2015. New users have subscribed since this download, so not all of your district’s users may show on the spreadsheet. If a user subscribed after 4/16, he/she is in the system, but will not show on this spreadsheet. IF a new user has NOT subscribed, he/she will need to do so individually, as we cannot create new accounts through the AMTR. We will approve them once they subscribe.

We have also deleted (or disabled) quite a few accounts since April 16 that may still show up on your spreadsheet. Again, these accounts have been updated. However, you may still mark them as DELETE or REMOVE if you wish to do so. It is better to recheck for accuracy. What is going to have the greatest impact on your AMTR data entry right now is the correct user role and assigned location.

Please review the attached SS and ONLY MARK in columns H, I, and J. Mark any individual accounts that should be disabled, need to be moved to another school location, or change in role type. If there are no changes, please let me know that as well.

We are still getting requests to subscribe to the old AMTR. These are being approved, in the belief that maybe the *new* subscribers just want to view the historical data for their school. REMEMBER, DO NOT ENTER DATA INTO THE OLD AMTR. We have disabled the save button on the old AMTR, so if schools and districts enter any data there, it will be an exercise in futility. The data will not be saved. ALL DATA MUST BE ENTERED INTO THE NEW AMTR.

Please visit the AMTR wiki for access to the new AMTR and for info: Of particular interest is the FAQs page. As we receive questions concerning the AMTR, we are including the answers on this wiki also. The “Specific Questions Clarification Page” drills down by question. If inquiry exists about a specific question, the answer is linked by number on this page. As always, we welcome any questions that you have.

To make changes:
Column H: Mark if account should be deleted/removed.
Column I: If an individual has moved to another school in the LEA, please list the name/code of the new school.
Column J: If an individual’s role/responsibility has changed, please indicate that change. Please see note about User Roles below.

Note: User Roles
Inquiry only – (view only)
LEA Administrator – district personnel (view/enter data for all schools)
School Principal – school principal (view/sign-off on data for a single school)
School AMTR Administrator (previously School Administrator) – school personnel (view/enter data for a single school)

Remember, we cannot add accounts, so those who need to register a new account will have to do so using their NCID.

Please return your spreadsheet to Cathy Mathews ( with your changes.

Digital Learning Plan Rubric
Reminder: May 15 due date for NC Digital Learning Rubric responses for all LEAs and Charter Schools

During the March meeting, the NC State Board of Education requested that all districts and charter schools complete the rubric by May 15, 2015. For your convenience, please submit rubric responses online at

As you know, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University in collaboration with policymakers, education leaders, practitioners, and other partners – is developing the North Carolina K-12 Digital Learning Plan ( to accelerate the State’s progress in providing the personalized, digital-age education K-12 students need to be successful in college, in careers, and as productive citizens.

As part of this plan, the Friday Institute has produced the NC Digital LearningProgress Rubric, to serve as a roadmap to support North Carolina’s educators and communities in the transition to digital-age teaching and learning. As an update of the NCLTI rubric, this rubric is designed to help district or charter teams reflect on their current stage of development in digital learning and track their progress moving forward.

Attached are the NC Digital Learning Progress Rubric, Instructions for Use. These resources are also available on our NC DL Plan website at

Please send any questions to Jeni Corn at

Jeni O. Corn, Ph.D.
Director of Evaluation Programs
Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
College of Education, NC State University

Digital Learning Day 2015
Another reminder that Digital Learning Day is here! It's tomorrow, Friday, March 13.
Encourage your teachers/schools to add their DLD activities to the map.

Digital Learning Day was created by the Alliance for Excellent Education in 2012 as part of a nationwide celebration for students and educators to show how technology can transform and personalize learning for all students.

Digital Learning Day is a powerful venue to highlight great teaching practice and showcase innovative teachers, leaders, and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes. This grassroots effort blossomed into a massive nationwide celebration as teachers realized that Digital Learning Day is not just about technology, it’s about learning and promoting how teachers can use modern tools afforded to every other industry to improve the learning experience in all K-12 public schools.

Since Digital Learning Day’s inception, thousands of teachers and schools across the nation have held local activities, and last year alone, an estimated 10 million students and educators participated. This year, the Alliance is partnering with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (National Board) and its annual Teaching & Learning Conference of 3,000 of the nation’s highest quality teachers and administrators.

Digital Learning Day Live!
1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Digital Learning Day Live! is a high-profile, in-person event before thousands of teachers at the National Board’s 2015 Teaching & Learning conference and simulcast for educators across the country. The event will profile some of the nation’s most promising digital learning initiatives and highlight educators and leaders who demonstrate how great teaching, combined with effective technology, can strengthen college and career readiness for all students.

This year, the Alliance is proud to feature four school districts during Digital Learning Day Live:
· Saint Paul High School, Arkansas
· Vista Unified School District, California
· Baltimore County Public Schools, Maryland
· Houston Independent School District, Texas

Social Media: @all4ed / @OfficialDLDay / #DLDay

ITF Information Needed
Please complete the ITF information Google sheet by Thursday, Jan. 29th
(See previous email with link specific to your LEA. Charter schools: your email contained a link to a combined Google form.)

NCEdCloud Wifi Project Update
The NCEdCloud team will be providing a Wifi Project update this coming Wednesday, January 28 at 10:00am. The update will include potential eligibility for complete wireless install in your schools, purchasing from the statewide contract and recent additional funding.

Jan 28, 2015 10:00 AM EST
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. The webinar will be recorded and posted to the NCEdCloud website. Email questions to Lee Sartain

Donna Murray, ITF Support Lead
I have recently been named as the lead support for instructional technology facilitators in NC. Currently, I am working to develop a strategic plan of support for ITFs, which will include professional development opportunities, online communities, and a website with resources. I am very excited about this work! More information to come soon!

Future Ready Summits
There have been many questions about the Future Ready Summits. Wanted to let you all know that we reached out to U.S. Department of Education to get additional information about the Future Ready Summit in Raleigh slated for February 11-12, 2015. The Alliance for Excellent Education and the U.S. Department of Education are leading the Future Ready initiative with the support of the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission and a vast coalition of organizations.​ Here's a link to more information on the Future Ready Initiative. As part of this initiative, Superintendents are asked to take the Future Ready Pledge, and invited to attend a Regional Future Ready Summit - - here's a link to details on the February 11-12 Raleigh Summit. These Summits are offered at no cost. There are opportunities for travel scholarships to district teams who apply and demonstrate need - all this information is detailed on the Raleigh Summit page. It is an expectation that the Superintendent attend the Summit. For more information, we have identified a person at U.S. Department of Education​ who is willing to field questions. If you have questions, please contact Samuel Roe​:

Upcoming Conference/PD Dates:
February 23-25 - HomeBase Symposium, Koury Convention Center, Greensboro
March 4-6, 2015 - NCTIES Conference, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh
March 25-27, 2015 - NCET 34th Annual Conference, Clemmons
March 30 - April 1, 2015 - Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement, Koury Convention Center, Greensboro
April 22, 2015 – Sustaining Teaching and Learning in a Digital Environment, WRESA Wilkesboro – 9:00-12:00

Upcoming Tech Leader Meetings:
February 13 – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
R7 Technology Leaders' Roundtable
Burke County Schools, 509 West Concord Street, Morganton, NC 28655

March 4 – 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM (tentative)
NCTIES Conference Technology Directors' Meeting
Details coming soon

April 24– 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
R7 Technology Leaders' Meeting
Location TBD

Digital Learning Plan update
The Preliminary Recommendations to Inform State Policy Decisions (.pdf) was just released by The Friday Institute.

Sharing Successes from Region 7
There are so many innovative, effective, and engaging digital teaching and learning experiences happening in our region every day! We need to remember to share these with one another, with NC, and beyond! If you have something to share, please email/call or send me a message on Twitter (@murraygirl). If there is something you want me to see, let me know, so I can get it on my calendar! I would love to come visit! And be on the lookout for emails from me- I’m going to be asking questions like, “If you could shout from the rooftops about an awesome learning experience happening in your school(s) right now, what would it be?”

Elkin City Schools:
The North Carolina State Board of Education recently recognized 12 public schools for their exemplary leadership and instruction in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. These schools were the first set of schools to be recognized under the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s (NCDPI) STEM Recognition Program. Elkin Middle School was recognized as meeting the Prepared Level of Achievement.

David Blattner, Lilead Fellow
David Blattner, Technology and Media Director for Iredell-Statesville Schools was recently named as a Lilead Fellow. The Lilead Fellows Program, which is a long-term professional development opportunity for a small group of selected library supervisors. This program will be conducted over 18 months and will include an intensive Summer Institute in the Summer of 2015, supervisors working in groups and with mentors on real-world problems, and coordinated work at ALA and AASL conferences throughout the program period.

EdCampRowan will be held on March 7, 2015 - Knox Middle School, Salisbury

Mt. Airy City Schools - District of Disctinction
District Administrator has named Mount Airy City Schools as one of its inaugural Districts of Distinction for its innovative work in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). District Administrator magazine is a national publication distributed to educational leaders around the country. The annual award was created to honor school districts that are leading the way with innovative ideas that improve student achievement and whose programs can be duplicated in other schools.

HomeBase Teacher Spotlight - Newton-Conover's Jamie Frye
Jamie Frye, former English teacher, and newly named instructional technology facilitator for Newton-Conover City Schools was the first HomeBase Teacher Spotlight (Jan. 2015).

Yadkin County Schools - Technology Day
Yadkin County Schools will host the 3rd Annual Technology Day on February 17th, 2015 at Forbush High School.

3D Printer Graduation Project
“Burke County Public Schools has made a renewed effort this year to have seniors focus their graduation projects on public service and giving back to the community. Patton High School senior Blake Holden has taken his project to a new level. Using a 3D printer, Blake created a prosthetic hand for 6-year-old James Lutton, a Caldwell County boy born with no fingers on his left hand. Blake’s mentor for his graduation project is Randy Burns, Burke County Board of Education chairman and engineer technologist for the NC Center for Engineering Technology (NCCET) in Hickory. For the project, Blake teamed up with Will Kennedy, a Discovery High School senior interning at NCCET.” (full story)

Watauga County Schools has started a new tradition this year – on snow days (like today), they set up a mid-day, moderated, Twitter chat for educators in the district. This morning, the chat topic was "striving to be an even better teacher," moderated by the district's human resources director. The superintendent participated, too. #wcsedchat

SETDA – The Guide to Implementing Digital Learning
SETDA, the principal membership association of U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders, announced in December the launch of The Guide to Implementing Digital Learning (GIDL), a free web-based resource to support school and district leaders as they work to ensure that investments in digital learning spark positive results. “Digital learning is more important today than ever before. Our students are digital natives and when students utilize technology in the classroom, they are true 21st century learners," stated Tom Luna, Idaho’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. The Guide to Implementing Digital Learning is free to access at:

Welcome to Vann Lassiter!
Vann joined the Digital Teaching and Learning Division of the NCDPI in January 2015 as an Educator on Loan!

November 3, 2014 Tech Update Meeting
Click here for wiki page with agenda, resources, and links.

Windows XP Devices and NCTest Secure Browser 2014-15

FYI: The following information was posted to the TNN network on 10/23/2014:
Google announced that they would stop supporting Chrome on Windows XP machines. This is in response to the planned retirement of Windows XP. In the announcement they stated that… Like all technologies that come to their end-of-life, the XP operating system and most of its desktop applications will no longer receive updates and security patches…..[However, Google will be] extending support of Chrome on Windows XP, and will continue to provide regular updates and security patches until April 2015.

Due to this announcement and Google’s timing for ending support, the NCDPI has determined that districts that plan to administer End-of-Grade, End-of-Course or NC Final Exams using Windows XP machines during the 2014-2015 school year must do so using the NCTest Secure Browser v4 for these devices. The NCTest Secure Browser v4 is the same install as was used during the 2013-2014 school year. Districts who have previously installed this version do not need to re-install the NCTest Secure Browser.

Please share with local technology staff as appropriate.
Please direct questions to the NCTest HelpDesk at

Speak Up!
From Oct. 6-Dec. 19, educators, parents, students and community members will have the opportunity to complete the Speak Up 2014 online survey and share their ideas about education and technology. Individual participation and responses provided in the Speak Up survey are completely confidential and completing the online survey takes only 20 minutes.

Why participate in the Speak Up survey?
  • Speak Up provides the opportunity to gather information from school leaders, teachers, students and parents about key educational topics, including: educational technology, 21st century skills, and schools of the future.
  • Schools and districts that participate in Speak Up receive a free online report with all of their locally collected data – and the national data findings to use for benchmark comparison by February 2015.
  • Speak Up data can be used to engage stakeholders in your strategic planning, budgeting or decision-making processes.
  • Speak Up data is shared with national, state and regional policy makers. Participating in Speak Up ensures that your voice is included in the dialogue about K-12 science, technology and math education. To participate, please visit National data findings will be released during two Congressional Briefings in spring 2015.

iPad Apps to Create
Presentation - 2014 Regions 7/8 Fall Media Workshop, Hickory- September 16

Session Description:
Make, design, craft, build, create! Explore a variety of free and inexpensive iPad apps that provide opportunities for students to create content. From video and digital storytelling, to STEM and arts- and lots of topics in between- we will investigate apps that will have your students engaged as they use their creative minds!
Leave with a collection of apps to take back to your media center and to share with teachers and students. Let the creating begin!
(We will also check out the features of the latest iOS release!)

The NEW AMTR site is live and may be accessed here:
  • ALL of the users from the old AMTR have been migrated to the new site. Any NEW USERS need to register at the NEW site rather than the old one.
  • Those in charge of updating AMTR data registered for the role of “School Administrator” in the past. In order to make it easier to distinguish role differences, the new title for this particular role is “School AMTR Administrator.”
  • Any new information (updated purchases, status changes, etc.) must be entered on the NEW AMTR.
  • None of the data from the old AMTR will be populated to the new AMTR, so LEAs/Charters will need to enter that information.
  • If you need to access your old information, you may download the data from the AMTR Wiki, or from your space within the old AMTR site.
  • The old AMTR site will remain active until LEAs/Charters are able to verify the information that will be published on the School Report Card.
  • To lessen confusion, right now the ability to save updated data on the old site has been disabled. LEAs/Charters should not attempt to enter updated data on the old site. It will appear that the updates are going through until you attempt to use the save button, and all changes will be lost.

DTL Director Announcement
I am excited to welcome our new director, Verna Lalbeharie! Because she is joining our team soon, we have been asked to postpone our fall regional meeting until a date when Verna will be able to join us. Therefore, our originally scheduled Sept. 17 Region 7 update meeting is cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.

Back-to-School Meeting Updates
The August Back-to-School meeting was packed will information and vendor presentations. I know many of you were unable to join us because of prior commitments and/or your own back-to-school activities. You can find links to the related updates here. If you need further clarification or information regarding any of the updates, please let me know.

As you know, last year, SLMC and ITF evaluation instruments were not online. However, this year, they have been uploaded into the NCEES System and will be accessed through TNL in HomeBase. Currently, there is a glitch in the TNL system and the support staff PDPs are displaying the teaching standards rather than support staff standards. TNL is now working to resolve this issue. SLMCs and ITFs should create their PDPs based on their specific SLMC and/or ITF standards, not the teaching standards that are currently displayed in TNL. Please contact me if you need further clarification. Please relay this information to your ITFs and SLMCs.

Also, our division has created webcasts for your administrators on both the evaluation process for ITFs and SLMCs. They can be accessed below.
NC SLMC Evaluation Tutorial Webcast
NC ITF Evaluation Tutorial Webcast

Please share this information with your administrators. Thank you for helping us get this information out.

Schoolnet Upgrade
Schoolnet has been upgraded to the next version release, 16.0.

HomeBase Content for 2014-15
NCDPI leaders and Pearson have continued negotiations about the cost of content for Home Base, and here is the good news announced Thursday, July 24, by Chief Finance Officer Philip Price: Pearson has agreed to waive the costs of content for the 2014-15 school year, bringing the $4 per student in ADM to $0 for the 2014-15 school year. The cost is anticipated to be $4 for each of the subsequent two years, 2015-16 and 2016-17.

NCEdCloud IAM Service

The NCTest Secure Browser 2013-14 Version Will be Used for 2014-15
There is NOT a new version of the NCTest Secure Browser for the 2014-15 school year. LEAs and schools that installed the NCTest Secure Browser during the 2013-14 school year do not need to reinstall/update the application. Any new installs during this coming year will use the same application version as used in 2014-15. LEA test coordinators and test assistants can download the NCTest secure browser application file from the TNN main page in NCEducation.

Also, a new version of the NCTest iPad App will be required for the 2014-15 school year. It is scheduled to be available by October 1, 2014. Information will be posted to TNN when the App is approved for download.

AMTR data: Number of library media assistants in NC:
2011: 1066.85
2012: 786.71
2013: 758.4775

Based on this data, we’ve lost approx. 308 library media assistant positions since 2011.