Donna Murray

Digital Teaching and Learning Consultant

Instructional Technology Facilitator Lead Support

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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  • November 12-13, 2015 - NCREN Community Day, Wake Forest University
  • November 20, 2015 - Statewide Directors' Meeting, Winston-Salem
  • March 2-4, 2016 - North Carolina Technology in Education Society Conference, Raleigh
  • March 16-18, 2016 - NCET Conference, Clemmons


​Statewide Tech Directors' Meeting | November 20th, 2015
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Registration is open for the upcoming 2015 Fall Statewide DTL Meeting: for DTL Leaders by DTL Leaders on November 20, 2015 at Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools 4801 Bethania Station Road, Winston-Salem, NC!

We will follow the below program outline:

9:30 am to 10:00 am | Registration and Networking – Scrolling update info
10:00 am to 10:15 am | Welcome/Logistics
10:15 am to 11:30 am | Breakouts I
11:30 am to 12:45 pm | Lunch and Focus Group (Chew and Chat)
12:45 pm to 2:00 pm | Breakouts II
2:00 pm to 2:15 pm | Break
2:15 pm to 3:30 pm | Breakouts III

Breakout Sessions will include the following topics and be led by LEA/Charter leaders and Partner/Vendor reps:

Networking Best Practices
Google Setup and Support
MDM: Mobile Device Management
Systemic Planning/DTL Frameworks
Innovative PD Practices
Best Practices: Digital Citizenship and Social Media
You Can “EmPowerSchool”!
Schoolnet Secrets Revealed!
Going Beyond the Basics with NEECS!
Using Canvas I (hands-on)
Using Canvas II (hands-on)
Canvas Infrastructure Support

Lunch will be provided and we are setting up a table for sharing your favorite dessert with others! We will have LEA/Charter Leader led Chew and Chat sessions during the lunch hour with the following topics available to choose from:

Community Partnerships/Funding
NCWiseOwl: What's New, What's Next
Sustainability/Best Practices 1:1
DLP Plan and Rubric Data – Next Steps
Canvas Implementation Strategies
ITFs/SLMCs Coaching Strategies, Mindsets, Dispositions
Infrastructure Tips and Tricks Sharing
Digital Competencies

Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey and especially those serving on the planning team. Information gathered from the survey and planning team members have shaped your program for the day!

Please note the topic areas and send appropriate district/charter leaders so that your district will benefit the most from the day! We ask that you only register 2 per LEA and 1 per Charter until November 10tth. We will then open registration with no limits if possible.

The DTL Division is looking forward to seeing you November 20th for a great day of knowledge sharing and learning (and a yummy shared dessert)!

Archived Dates
  • October 14, 2015 - NW Tech and Media Leader Roundtable, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Watauga County Schools Central Offices | 175 Pioneer Trail, Boone
  • October 22-24, 2015 - North Carolina School Library Media Association Conference, Winston-Salem

Notes from NW Tech/Media Leaders’ Roundtable
October 14, 2015

NCVPS LEAD Ed Webinar Series

The North Carolina Virtual Public School’s professional learning team is hosting a LEAD Ed Webinar Series. This series of webinars will be informative and thought-provoking as participants build a strong foundation of online and blended learning expertise.

Topics include:
Keeping the Technology Invisible
Supporting the Teacher in an Online and Blended Learning Environment
How to Effectively Individualize Learning for Online and Blended Learning Classrooms

More information about these great learning experiences are available on the NCVPS Website.

November Canvas Roadshow

You're invited to join us for our upcoming November Canvas Roadshow, where you'll have a chance to get excited and informed about Canvas LMS and meet with other Canvas users in your region.
Please review the information below, and invite other administrators and lead instructors in your district to join you. (Space is limited, so be sure to focus on those in your district who will take full advantage of the opportunity.)
Event summary and RSVP / registration links:
Learn how to enrich your instruction with Canvas at the November 2015 Canvas Roadshow: We will focus on how early users can employ the Canvas LMS in their classroom to support and enhance instruction and boost classroom efficiency, and how schools can plan for success. Come for some hands-on practice, and take practical know-how and experience home with you. District and school administrators, and teachers with leadership, training, mentor or pilot roles are invited to the 3-hour workshop most convenient for them. Please RSVP for one of the locations and times below:
Monday November 9: Beaufort County
Tuesday November 10: Carteret County
Thursday November 12: Wilkes County
Friday November 13: Cabarrus County
Quin Swallow | Customer Success
E-mail: qswallow@instructure.com | Office and Mobile: 801-658-7573

Apply now for the Biogen Foundation's Ignite the Power of STEM grants

Want to empower your students with a love of STEM learning?
Apply now for an Ignite the Power of STEM grant from the Biogen Foundation.
In honor of the Bridging the Gap STEM Education Conference, the Biogen Foundation will award $125,000 in grants to support science education programs and projects in North Carolina public and charter elementary, middle and high schools.
Teachers may apply for up to $2,000.
Schools and nonprofits may apply for up to $5,000.
The deadline to apply is Nov. 10, 2015.
For application and guidelines, visit www.biogen.com/igniteNC.

PRC 15 Updates
FY 16 revision 5 posted Oct. 7, 2015
FY 16 revision 6 posted Oct. 12, 2015

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.

Project Tomorrow | Speak Up

Ensuring that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world. The Speak Up data represents the largest ...

Hold the Date – November 20, 2015 Statewide DTL Leader Meeting
If you completed the NCTIES Leader meeting feedback survey this past March you may recall that we asked if you would like to have a Fall meeting. The response was highly in favor of having this additional statewide meeting. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools has graciously made their facilities available for our meeting November 20th. Thanks so much Kevin and Heather!
Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools
4801 Bethania Station Road, Winston-Salem, NC
Time: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Please mark your calendar for November 20th and look for more info soon including registration and agenda!

Thank you for your diligence with the work of keeping the Annual Media and Technology Report (AMTR) current for your district. We are approaching the one year anniversary of the launch of the revised version and are listening to your feedback. After much examination and collaboration with our stakeholders, our last update saw a reduction in 40% of required questions, and the inclusion of questions that address current aspects of the digital transition. We are still listening.
In an effort to make this instrument more valuable to the process of the digital transition, we are working to render it to be even more efficient, accessible and interactive for the public. To this end we are seeking solutions to provide front-facing analytics as an option, and to streamline this process further. For this reason, the AMTR will be closed until February of 2016. You will still be able to access the site to view your LEA and school data, but the “save” function will be disabled.

We will continue to update you on the progress of our work and will be seeking feedback from you periodically during this process. We are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead for the AMTR and look forward to sharing it with you.

NCTest Online Assessment Updates October 2015:

TNN – iPad App available for NCTest online assessments
The NCTest iPad App v.4 is now available for all Online End-of-Course (EOC) and North Carolina Final Exam (NCFE) Assessment administrations.

The NCTest iPad App can be obtained or updated in the Apple App Store. If you have already installed a previous version, it must be updated to version 4 before use for EOC/NCFE assessment activities. Please be mindful of the iPad Restrictions Configuration found at https://center.ncsu.edu/nct, click on NCTest Support, scroll down to iPad in the chart and click on hotlinks. Note, the NCTest iPad App is approved for use with iOS 7+ to include iOS 9.
New iPad App features
  • The iPad App supports Large Font and pinch-zoom functionality for all assessments. However, additional scrolling may be needed for students to view items and read selections in their entirety. It is recommended that students be given an opportunity to view the Large Font versions of the Tutorial and the Released Forms on the iPad and other approved devices to determine the best online testing option for the student.
  • Pinch-zoom functionality is available for all students including those with regular font and those marked as large-font in the Student Information Questions (SIQ).
  • Students needing large font should take the online tutorial with large font to determine if this setting meets their needs. If Large Font is determined to be needed for a student, Teachers or Test Coordinators can add the Large Font SIQ flag for the student in the SIQ tab on days prior to test administration (cannot be added on test day).
  • Highlight functionality has been increased by allowing highlighting on more areas of the item.
Notes about iPads and NCTest
  • Additional scrolling may be required on the iPad
  • If students rotate devices after highlighting, an error will inform them that existing highlighting will be lost after the orientation change for that item/passage.
  • Rotation between portrait and landscape may result in a smaller or larger screen size than what was visible in the previous orientation. This is quickly and easily fixed by pinching the screen.
Please contact the NCTest HelpDesk at ncdesk@ncsu.edu with questions.

NCET Conference 2016

Registration for the 2016 NCET Conference is now OPEN!! Registration payments will be done a little different this year. Any registrations paid PRIOR to February 1st, 2016 will remain the $75 per person that it has been in the past. Registration payments received after February 1st, 2016 will be $85 per person. The conference is being hosted at the same location as last year so please make note of that below:

35th Annual NCET Conference

When: March 16 - 18, 2016
Where: The Village Inn
6205 Ramada Dr
Clemmons, NC 27012

$75.00 - Prior to February 1st, 2016, $85 thereafter
(Registration includes a polo shirt, certificate, Wednesday night dinner, and Thursday night dinner. Hotel registration is NOT included with your registration fee.)

Register @ http://www.ncet.net

We have had several great class recommendations come in from our evaluations for last year but we are looking for even more! If you have an idea for a class you would like to see or even better TEACH, let us know. Use the form below to submit your ideas....


Schedule and class information will be posted to the NCET Website by January 1, 2016. The Village Inn hotel sells out quickly so make sure to register and make your reservations as early as possible.
Thank you, NCET Board board@ncet.net

  • September 8-11, 2015 - Back 2 School Lunch and Learns (Northwest and West Regions: September 11)
  • September 15, 2015 - West and Northwest Regions Fall Media Workshop, Hickory

With the region shifts that took effect July 1, the Northwest Region has quite a few changes. In addition to the regional line changes, the regions will now be referred to by name instead of number, so rather than “Region 7,” we are now the “Northwest Region.” (See attached .pdf to see the entire state map.) Here’s how our region looks now:

Included in Northwest Region:
Hickory City
McDowell (joining us from the West Region)
Mitchell (joining us from the West Region)
NC School for the Deaf
Yancey (joining us from the West Region)
Bridges Academy (Charter)
Williams Academy (Charter)
Grandfather Academy (Charter)
New Dimensions (Charter)
Two Rivers Community (Charter)

Welcome to McDowell, Mitchell, and Yancey!
Tech director contact info:
McDowell – Aaron Slutsky – aaron.slutsky@mcdowell.k12.nc.us
Mitchell – Morgan Houchard – mhouchard@mcsnc.org
Yancey – Kay Ball – khball@yanceync.net

These LEAs and Charter Schools have joined other regions:
Davie – Piedmont-Triad Region
Elkin City – Piedmont-Triad Region
Iredell-Statesville – Southwest Region
Mooresville – Southwest Region
Mount Airy City – Piedmont-Triad Region
Rowan-Salisbury – Southwest Region
Surry – Piedmont-Triad Region
Yadkin – Piedmont-Triad Region
American Renaissance Charter – Southwest Region
Langtree Charter – Southwest Region
Millennium Charter – Piedmont-Triad Region
Pine Lake Prep Charter – Southwest Region
Success Institute Charter – Southwest Region

New adventure!
Best wishes to Sheila Jenkins, previous Director of Technology in Alexander County Schools, who is now serving as Principal of Northview IB Middle School in Iredell-Statesville Schools.


As I make plans for the coming school year, I want to hear from you! Please complete this survey to provide me with information about your preferences for regional meetings, professional learning opportunities, and more.

Direct link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11LCJ7bDABQ4NfiPD5S1oi2UunyYs4uV9-3Njt0xGCuo/viewform


The Division of Digital Teaching & Learning is happy to announce our annual Back 2 School Lunch and Learns. Please see the attached invitation and registration for our 2015 Back 2 School Meetings.

The Northwest/West B2S meeting will be September 11th. Thanks to Burke County Schools for hosting us! We will meet at 509 W. Concord St., Morganton.

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