June 23 Updates

Online Summative Assessments Survey
The NCDPI would like your input, feedback and suggestions concerning Online Summative Assessments using NCEducation/NCTest. We successfully administered over 410,000 assessments this year thanks to your hard work and support.!

Please complete the survey here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10xhKOOq-rDMoJcA2IQUEzBNQzprq5fwmYykewVJiYqw/viewform​ Please share this link with those within your district who worked with the NCTest Online Testing system in 2013-14. You responses will remain anonymous.

Thank you for completing the survey before July 11, 2014 and for your dedication to the students of North Carolina!

Summer 2014 NCEdCloud IAM Service Workshops
The North Carolina Education Cloud Identity and Access Management team is planning a __summer workshop series__ to guide key K-12 personnel through the steps required to successfully adopt the __NCEdCloud IAM Service__ for their LEA or Charter School. Workshop goals include bringing attendees up to speed on the service and how they play a part; presenting scenarios of how accounts might be rolled out among support teams, teachers and students; and beginning the process to integrate and access Year 1&2 Target Applications.
Target Audience and Workshop TopicsOur target audience is two-fold: Technical Directors and data management personnel, specifically a person familiar with managing finance and UID data. Workshop topics will include NCEdCloud IAM help-desk / service support within your schools, end-user target applications, service functionality available to users with different roles (e.g. LEA Administrator, Data Auditor, Help Desk, Teacher, Student, etc), the organization of your staff and student data within the service, practical hands-on experience with the service, technical tips and tricks, and more.
Workshop Dates & Registration InstructionsOne-day hands-on technical workshops are being planned for each of NC’s eight regions:
Monday July 14, 2014
Union County Public Schools
Professional Development Center
721 Brewer Dr.
Monroe, NC 28112

Tuesday July 15, 2014
Catawba County Schools
Administrative Services Building
225 North Anderson Ave.
Newton, NC 28658

Wednesday July 16, 2014
Asheville City Schools
Board Room
85 Mountain St.
Asheville, NC 28801

Wednesday July 23, 2014
Cumberland County Schools
Education Resource Center
396 Elementary Dr.
Fayetteville, NC 28306
Thursday July 24, 2014
Alamance-Burlington School System
Central Office/Professional Library
1712 Vaughn Rd.
Burlington, NC 27217

Tuesday July 29, 2014
Sampson County Schools
Central Office Auditorium
437 Rowan Rd.
Clinton, NC 28328

Wednesday July 30, 2014
Johnston County Schools
A.G. Glenn Building, Team Room
501 S. 2nd St.
Smithfield, NC 27577

Thursday July 31, 2014
Edenton-Chowan School District
Chowan Middle School
2845 Virginia Rd.
Tyner, NC 27980
To find the workshop nearest to you, please review the PDF map at__https://www.mcnc.org/sites/default/files/Summer.2014.IAM_.Workshops.Planning.Map__0.pdf__.Timing will be 9 AM to 3 PM with complimentary lunch included. Attendance will be capped at 50 per workshop to best facilitate interactive communication among all.
Workshop RegistrationSee __https://www.mcnc.org/events/training/ncedcloud-iam-service__ for more workshop info, and register at__https://www.mcnc.org/events/training/ncedcloud-iam-service/registration__.
Workshop PrerequisitesEach LEA or Charter School has a homework assignment to complete prior to attending the workshop:
Claim your NCEdCloud IAM account before the workshop (this can be done now by any active K-12 employee in NC)
  1. Visit __https://ncedcloud.mcnc.org/getting-started__
  2. Review the introductory materials via the links near the top of the page
  3. Follow the Claim Account instructions to obtain access to your account


Obtain the appropriate role
  1. The Tech Director should request the LEA Administrator role. [After logging into the IAM Service: Workflow button - left side; Requests - top tab; select LEA Administrator Role; Submit Request]. All requests for this elevated privilege will be vetted by NCEdCloud support staff, prior to granting the role
  2. The Data Management attendee should request the Data Auditor role. [Same process as above except choose the Data Auditor Role rather than the LEA Administrator role]


Come to the workshop with your own wireless-enabled laptop in hand


Questions? Comments? Concerns?Please contact the NCEdCloud IAM team through __https://ncedcloud.mcnc.org/contact__.
Thank you everyone. We hope to see you at one of the workshops and in the meantime, have a great summer!!!


June 20 Updates

NCTest Online Summative Testing Specifications for 2014-15

Secure Platforms Required for NCTest v5:

In order to access NCTest v5 during the 2014-15 school year, LEAs and schools will be required to use a secure platform. Schools must use the secure platform to access the online summative assessments, Online Assessment Tutorial and interactive online released test forms. Options for NCTest v5 included a secure browser for Microsoft Windows and Apple OS X, native app for iPad, Chromebook (Chrome OS) version with special restrictions. A new NCTest Chrome App for Chromebooks, Windows, and Macintosh workstations/laptops is currently being developed and will be made available as an option.

NCTest v5 Technical Requirements:

Schools that administer an online assessment, but do not meet the technical requirements, are at risk of delivering items to students that cannot be manipulated (e.g., technology-enhanced items), items that do not display with associated artwork (e.g., tables, graphs, symbols), and items that do not fit properly on the screen. Complete lists of technical requirements for NCTest v5 are available at https://center.ncsu.edu/nctest. Schools must periodically review the technical requirements for updates.
Please contact the NCTest Help Desk at ncdesk@ncsu.edu with questions.​

June 11 Updates

Technology Readiness Tool Update - Tool Closing August 1
Thank you for your efforts in entering and updating information in the Technology Readiness Tool over the past few years. The Technology Readiness Tool will be closing effective August 1, 2014. In preparation for the closeout of this tool, there are some important dates that you need to be aware of.
  • June 12, 2014 – This is the last day that users can edit and enter information (including import/export) in the Technology Readiness Tool.
    Please export any raw data from the system that you would like to have for your records by June 12, 2014. You will not longer to able to import and export after this date.
  • June 13, 2014 – As of this date, all users will have "Report View" only access in the system and will no longer be able to enter or edit data (also you will no longer have the import/export feature, so please export all raw data prior to June 13). You can continue to view and download your data from the reports tab.
  • July 31, 2014 – This is the last day that the Technology Readiness Tool will be available to users.
  • August 1, 2014 – The Technology Readiness Tool will be closed and users will no longer have access.

Thank you again for those who have worked to enter and update the information for their schools and districts. Please make sure you export any data or download any reports that you might want to keep for your records following the timeline above.

If you have any questions, please contact Kayla Siler at kayla.siler@dpi.nc.gov.


K12 Network Administrators Summer Institute
DPI and MCNC are pleased to announce that registration for the K12 Network Administrators Summer Institute 2014 is now open. Additional information on the summer institute and registration can be found at:


https://www.mcnc.org/events/training/network-admins-summer-institute2014**
Please note that the preliminary dates communicated previously have changed due to instructor availability.

We ask that LEAs and charter schools limit their participation to one attendee until the level of community interest is determined. If space remains in any of the sessions after June 30, 2014, LEAs and charter schools may register additional attendees on a first come first serve basis until the available spaces are filled. An email will be sent to the K-12 community via the Technology Directors List Service on July 1, 2014 alerting the community to additional availability.

Please direct questions and comments to Dave Furiness, Director – Client Network Engineering at dfuriness@mcnc.org.


June 8 Updates

The NCEdCloud IAM team is planning a workshop series during the last three weeks of July. The exact dates and locations of each workshop are still being finalized, but we wanted to start getting the word out now for planning purposes. Please see below for further information.

Summer 2014 NCEdCloud IAM Service Workshops
The North Carolina Education Cloud Identity and Access Management team is planning a summer workshop series to guide key K-12 personnel through the steps required to successfully adopt the NCEdCloud IAM Service for their LEA or Charter School. Workshop goals include bringing attendees up to speed on the service and how they play a part; presenting scenarios of how accounts might be rolled out among support teams, teachers and students; and beginning the process to integrate and access Year 1&2 Target Applications.

Target Audience and Workshop Topics
Our target audience is two-fold: Technical Directors and data management personnel, specifically a person familiar with managing finance and UID data. Workshop topics will include NCEdCloud IAM help-desk / service support within your schools, end-user target applications, service functionality available to users with different roles (e.g. LEA Administrator, Data Auditor, Help Desk, Teacher, Student, etc), the organization of your staff and student data within the service, practical hands-on experience with the service, technical tips and tricks, and more.

Tentative Dates
One-day hands-on technical workshops are being planned for each of NC’s eight regions, with exact dates and timing still being finalized. The tentative plan is to hold three western NC Workshops during the week of July 14-18 for Regions 6, 7, and 8, two central NC workshops during the week of July 21-25 for Regions 4 and 5, and three eastern NC workshops during the week of July 28-August 1 for regions 1, 2 and 3. Timing will be 9 AM to 3 PM with lunch provided to all workshop attendees, and attendance will be capped at 50 per workshop to best facilitate interactive communication among all. Please hold these tentative dates and the NCEdCloud IAM team will share specific registration details as they become available by email and at https://www.mcnc.org/events/training/ncedcloud-iam-service.

Workshop Prerequisites
Each LEA or Charter School has a homework assignment to complete prior to attending the workshop:

Claim your NCEdCloud IAM account before the workshop (this can be done now by any active K-12 employee in NC)
  1. Visit __https://ncedcloud.mcnc.org/getting-started__
  2. Review the introductory materials via the links near the top of the page
  3. Follow the Claim Account instructions to obtain access to your account

Obtain the appropriate role
  1. The Tech Director should request the LEA Administrator role. [After logging into the IAM Service: Workflow button - left side; Requests - top tab; select LEA Administrator Role; Submit Request]. All requests for this elevated privilege will be vetted by NCEdCloud support staff, prior to granting the role
  2. The Data Management attendee should request the Data Auditor role. [Same process as above except choose the Data Auditor Role rather than the LEA Administrator role]

Come to the workshop with your own wireless-enabled laptop in hand

Questions? Comments? Concerns?
Please contact the NCEdCloud IAM team through https://ncedcloud.mcnc.org/contact.

Thank you everyone. We hope to see you at one of the workshops and in the meantime, have a great summer!!!
Steve Thorpe on behalf of the NCEdCloud IAM team

June 3 Updates

Pitt County Schools is holding its annual Tech Fest on Aug. 8. Here is more information provided by Tim DeCresie, Director of Digital Learning for Pitt County Schools.

Surf is Up here in Pitt County! We are thrilled at the opportunity to finally open up this event to the regions. Please share the below information to our other technology friends in other counties.

Here is the link to our district Tech Fest registration.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1oj8pt8FJd3XHcqB-Lv_hAxunZ3pD7wLRUTwyI6hsGgA/viewform?usp=send_form

We are holding 100 slots for teacher and other administrators outside of PCS to attend this year. Outside registrations are on a first payment received basis ($25). Just filling out the above form does not mean they are registered for Tech Fest. Payment must be sent to our office before registration is confirmed and finalized.

The below link is a Sneak Peak to the sessions we will be providing this year. It is currently a working document but it does supply a general idea of what we will be offering.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ap-ewd8fxr6PdFlxeWxfQUd5OENQakNrd2x1U3MtbHc&usp=sharing

​Additional information can be found at www.pittschools.org/techfest

​This is our 9th year hosting Tech Fest and we usually have about 600 teachers and over 100 sessions to choose from through out the day. It is a very affordable way to expose your teachers to technology integration and get them ready for the start of the new year.​ I hope you can join us on Aug. 8th.

May 20 Updates
2014 Summer Institutes for Network Administrators
DPI and MCNC want to give you the earliest information on Summer Institutes for Network Administrators. Summer Institutes are three-day training events that focus on a specific technology area of benefit to many County, City, and Charter school technical support staff. This year, the focus is on Wi-Fi fundamentals with an emphasis on operations, security, and troubleshooting. Sessions will be led by a training company that specializes in this technology. Fees are anticipated to be about $325, which includes lunch each day.

Preliminary Schedule:

Week of July 7: Western area
Week of July 14: Central area
Week of July 21: Eastern area

The exact locations, dates, trainers, and costs are being finalized and will be communicated as soon as possible.

If you are interested in hosting a three-day session in your school district or charter school, or if you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact Dave Furiness, Director - Client Network Engineering, at dfuriness@mcnc.org

May 16 Updates

The annual WiseOwl survey is used to help determine our resource lineup for the following school year. The survey is quick and simple - merely check the resources that you have used this year. No personal information is gathered. The results will be compiled on Thursday May 22nd. Use the following links to access the appropriate survey, and thanks for participating. Dan Sparlin, NC WiseOwl Webmaster (dsparlin@dpi.nc.gov).

K-5
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1zzgXsiO3RyFlnUcjd1D4VgUKIvrjhGbHsQ_yYA97tWY/viewform?usp=send_form

6-8
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1WdxTfXnEfAa93XWvj_SLkS9p2nERTOaVmt5I5d7eANs/viewform?usp=send_form

9-12
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1QPwqLiZG4c_-aVmnt35QUEwPHGe8eC-KMdP9JDTEUfo/viewform?usp=send_form

May 10 Updates
NC WiseOwl and EBSCO will be offering an "EBSCOhost Basics" Webinar onTuesday May 13th at 3:30 pm. EBSCOhost is the professional level WiseOwl database with full-text access to over 3000 magazines and professional journals. A registration link for the Webinar is located at www.ncwiseowl.org/1.htm. This session will be archived for those who cannot attend. Questions may be addressed to Dan Sparlin (dan.sparlin@dpi.nc.gov). Webinar notifications may also be obtained by following ³WiseOwlGuide² on Twitter.

Free on-site staff development on WiseOwl for any LEA level group may be arranged by contacting Dan Sparlin at the above email address.

May 6 Updates

Intel® Teach Helps Teachers Engage Students in Digital Learning
Intel® Teach helps K-12 teachers of all subjects engage students with digital learning, including digital content, Web 2.0, social networking, and online tools and resources. Intel® Teach professional development empowers teachers to integrate technology effectively into their existing curriculum, focusing on their students’ problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration, which are precisely the skills required in the high tech, networked society in which we live.

Intel® Teach Elements are free, just-in-time professional development courses that can be used to provide now, anytime, anywhere professional development. A series of courses provides deeper exploration of 21st century learning concepts and focuses on the roles of both the classroom teacher as well as the student in the classroom. Through the NCDPI Digital Teaching and Learning division, trained facilitators can offer free online training through Home Base’s Professional Development system. The Intel® Teach Elements courses can be delivered in flexible formats: facilitated online or a blended approach. Each course provides five hours of e-learning with 10-15 hours of application work. Facilitated courses range from 30-45 hours. Trainers can meet with district leaders to determine which course(s) best meet their needs and customize the delivery of those courses to meet district goals.

For more information about the Intel® Teach program, visit www.intel.com/teachers/.If you are interested in providing this opportunity in your districts and schools, send requests via email to Deborah Goodman, NCDPI Intel ITA Coordinator, at deborah.goodman@dpi.nc.gov.

May 5 Updates

Schoolnet Roles and Permissions Webinar Series
Over the next two weeks, there will be a two-part webinar series on Roles and Permissions in Schoolnet. These sessions will review the specific roles and permissions needed to enable users to access information and functionality specific for and appropriate to their roles. We will discuss the difference between roles, what capabilities are inherent with each role and what the optional permissions allow users to do.

The two webinars in this Roles and Permissions series will both be held on Thursday afternoons from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

The first will be Thursday, May 8. To attend “An Overview of Roles and Permissions,” register here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/966351433.

The second, on Thursday, May 15, reviews specific use-cases we have worked through with districts and charter schools that have already implemented Schoolnet. To attend “Managing Roles and Permissions,” register here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/983332456.

NCWiseOwl Webinar
NC WiseOwl and EBSCO will be offering a Webinar this Thursday (the 8th) at 3:30 pm on Using NoveList for Readers’ Advisory in Fiction and Non-Fiction - Teaching with Books and Applying to Core Curriculum. A registration link is located at www.ncwiseowl.org/1.htm. This session will be archived for those who cannot attend. Questions may be addressed to Dan Sparlin (dan.sparlin@dpi.nc.gov). Webinar notifications may also be obtained by following “WiseOwlGuide” on Twitter.

Free on-site staff development on WiseOwl for any LEA level group may be arranged by contacting Dan Sparlin at the above email address.

May 2 Updates
Not sure how to register for Home Base opt-in? There's a form just for that purpose. Please use the following link to opt-in.

http://forms.ncpublicschools.gov/home-base/home-base-opt-in

April 25 Updates

NCEdCloud IAM Service Is Fully Deployed
The NCEdCloud Identity and Access Management (IAM) Service has been fully deployed in production and is now open for general availability to all LEAs and charter schools statewide.

The NCEdCloud team notes that the IAM Service has been its focus for more than three years and that during the past year, many teams have worked diligently to set up, configure and test the new service. We have run pilots for the new service with early adopters and continuously updated our internal processes to ensure a success deployment.

What is the NCEdCloud IAM Service?
The Identity and Access Management (IAM) Service is one of the NCEdCloud initiatives for the K-12 community of North Carolina, funded by Race to the Top (RttT) and led by the Friday Institute. It is based on the principle that strong identity management is a foundational component for the ongoing shift toward Internet-based (cloud) technologies in today's schools. As more services move to the cloud, a centralized and standardized way to manage user accounts, roles, and permissions for these technologies is required for success. The IAM Service is an enabler to help LEAs and charter schools manage the full identity life cycle with current and future cloud applications.

What does it do for me?
The service will provide LEAs and charters a tool to manage the authentication and authorization needs for their students, employees, parents, and guests accessing "cloud" or hosted services. It provides self-service capabilities to all end-users and delegates administrative capabilities to LEA and charter school technology leaders. As users move around among different schools and districts, changes to their student or employee source system records are automatically reflected in the IAM Service and access is updated accordingly for target applications. The Central Directory Local Replica (CDLR), a local Active Directory option, allows services/applications inside LEAs and charters to receive these automatic data flows and utilize the centralized self-service capabilities.

What does general availability mean?
General availability means that any LEA or charter school can submit a request to have any of the currently integrated applications below integrated for its district and be managed by the new automated processes of the IAM Service. The IAM Service is fully available for all users in a district to claim their accounts.

Where can I learn more?
Please visit our website to learn how to get your district started and to claim your account today: http://iam.ncedcloud.org.

Applications now available for integration include:
  • MCNC Zscaler
  • Central Directory Local Replica (CDLR)
  • Follett Destiny
  • Discovery Education
  • Google Apps for Education

Upcoming Target Applications available for integration (over the next year) are:

  • Home Base Applications Integration:
    • Student Information System (based on Pearson PowerSchool)
    • Instructional Improvement System (based on Pearson Schoolnet)
    • The Educator Effectiveness System (based on Truenorthlogic software)
    • Educator Evaluation System module
    • Professional Development System module
    • Classroom Collaboration tools (based on Pearson OpenClass)
  • NCEdCloud LMS RFP Winner
  • SAS EVAAS for K-12
  • Edmodo
  • MS Student Advantage
  • mClass
  • Microsoft Office 365

NCTest
This document has been shared out to help offer possible solutions to NCTest issues. The chart is below and will be available on TNN under the NCTest Secure Browser Heading. This document is intended to offer possible solutions for messages that may appear during the use of NCTest for the administration of NC summative assessments.
Please contact the NCEducation helpdesk at ncdesk@ncsu.edu with questions.



April 21 Updates

Apple Deployment Program
NCDPI and MCNC are working with Apple to conduct a series of short sessions around the state focused on Apple Deployment Programs. In the session, Apple Engineers will discuss the best practices to configure, deploy, and manage Apple products in an education environment using Apple's new services for Device Enrollment, Volume Purchasing and AppleID for Students.
Thursday, May 8th – 9:00 am to 11:30 am

WRESA
1459 Sand Hill Road
Enka, NC 28728
https://edseminars.apple.com/event/ErKra-5UQJ6

If you are interested in attending a session, please register at the appropriate link. Space will be limited to 30 attendees at each location.

Please contact Dave Furiness with MCNC at dfuriness@mcnc.org if you have questions.

April 11 Updates
New Video Tutorials Available for Building your ClassScape Assessments in Home Base

Two new videos have been added to the Home Base website to help teachers and district testing coordinators with making the transition from ClassScape to Home Base (via Schoolnet).

One video is a step-by-step guide for how a teacher can go into ClassScape and generate a test blueprint for any existing ClassScape classroom tests and then use the blueprint to find the same items in Schoolnet, and rebuild the same test for delivery to students in Home Base. The other video is for district-level testing staff and provides the step-by-step walk-through for how to generate benchmark assessments blueprints from within ClassScape, and then use the blueprints to build the benchmark assessments in Schoolnet.

Both videos are available on the Home Base website at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/resources/videos/.

April 4 Updates

WiseOwl and EBSCO will be presenting two Webinars covering WiseOwl resources for secondary science, social studies, and language arts teachers. The Science Reference Center will be covered on Tuesday, April 8th at 3:30 pm. The Literary Reference Center and Points of View databases will be addressed on Wednesday, April 9th at 3:30 pm. Both Webinars will be available as archives for those who cannot participate live. Information and registration available at www.ncwiseowl.org/1.htm – questions may be addressed to Dan Sparlin (dan.sparlin@dpi.nc.gov).

March 10 Updates
WiseOwl and EBSCO will be presenting a Webinar on using the new eBook collection. The Webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, March 12th at 3:30 pm, and will be archived for those who cannot attend live. Information and registration is available at www.ncwiseowl.org/1.htm. Free, on-site staff development on all WiseOwl resources is available as well - contact Dan Sparlin (dan.sparlin@dpi.nc.gov)

March 3 Updates
The AASL Status of Staffing of School Libraries Task Force has been asked to collect data related to current school library staffing levels and school librarian roles/responsibilities.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SLStaffing

This survey contains only nine (9) questions and should take no more than five (5) minutes to complete. Your participation will help the task force to determine whether other staff are assuming school librarian roles/responsibilities and/or if school librarians are assuming additional responsibilities outside their traditional purview. The task force will use the results to provide suggestions and recommendations for appropriate action.

Please take a few moments to complete the survey and share with other school librarians. Survey closes March 17th, 2014.

February 25 Updates

Learn More about the New Home Base PD Tool Functionality

The new Home Base Professional Development Tool will be live for all district/charter teachers and administrators to enroll in state-provided courses beginning in April. Likewise, district and charters that opt in to Home Base will benefit from additional local course/catalog creation and enrollment management functionality beginning in the fall.

To learn more about this exciting new component and options that will be available, please attend a webinar Thursday, Feb. 27, from 4-5 p.m. Human resource and professional development directors are especially encouraged to attend.

Register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/354048241. The webinar will be recorded.

February 14 Updates

ScanIt Webinar Now Available Online
Teachers and school administrators who could not view the Jan. 30 webinar "Using the ScanIt Tool in Schoolnet" can now view it online at https://vimeo.com/85480546. The PowerPoint for the presentation also can be downloaded from the Home Base Webinars page: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/resources/videos/webinars/.

Kayla Siler, NCDPI planning and policy analyst, demonstrates how to download the ScanIt software and how educators can use ScanIt to print tests and answer sheets; upload scan sheets into Schoolnet; and how to find data after scanning is completed.

February 11 Updates
Digital Learning Day Contest Deadline Extended
For more information about the contest see the flyer attached below. Due to weather issues across the state, the deadline has been extended to Feb. 26.



Speak Up Data Released
The 2013 results from Speak Up were released on Digital Learning Day. For more information on results, please see our Speak Up Data page. Congrats to Buncombe County Schools for being in the top 5 participating districts from NC.

February 6 Updates

AMTR Data
Historic AMTR data has now been posted on the DTL wiki. You can access this information at the following web address: http://dtl.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/AMTR.

January 31 Updates

Early Registration Deadline Extended
The Home Base Symposium team will be extending the early registration deadline ($ 115 fee) from Friday, January 31, 2014 to Friday, February 7, 2014 as a result of inclement weather. Please inform your staff and others who may be interested in attending the Symposium of this change in date.

January 22 Updates

Digital Learning Day Contest
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, in a joint venture with NCTies and NCSLMA, in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education led by West Virginia Governor Bob Wise, is pleased to announce our participation in the Digital Learning Day campaign. This national campaign is designed to celebrate innovative teaching and highlight practices that illustrate effective use of digital teaching. This includes activities that make learning more personalized and engaging for students, and that ready them with skills needed to succeed in college, career, and life.

For more information, please view the flyer.

January 21 Updates
More Information on Digital Learning Day
Digital Learning Day is Wednesday, February 5, 2014! Digital Learning Day is about giving every child the opportunity to learn in a robust digital environment everyday, with the goal of success in college and career. We urge you to make a difference in America's schools and take the pledge to support the effective use of digital learning.

Take the Pledge
Add your school/district event to the interactive map
Sign up for the newsletter

Find resources such as lesson plans, toolkits and instructional strategies for Digital Learning Day and beyond.

Make a difference with digital learning!

January 17 Updates

Digital Learning Day
Help us make a difference in the future of education by joining us February 5th for Digital Learning Day! In today's interconnected world, the way students learn is increasingly reliant on digital technologies. This doesn't just mean having the newest resources and gadgets, it means fully integrating digital learning throughout the entire educational experience. In order to fully prepare students for success in college and a career, schools and libraries everywhere need to embrace digital learning. We can't prepare every child for the digital future without your support. Help us build the wave of innovation this February 5th by ensuring every child has the opportunity to learn in an innovative, digital environment. Here are some great materials that you can use to promote your participation in Digital Learning Day to parents, community leaders, and students.

January 13 Updates

Decision Date Moved for Home Base Options
With the roll-out of Home Base in the fall of 2013, we know that local educators have been so busy dealing with PowerSchool and other "must-use" elements that it has been challenging to get to the optional parts of the system that can be so helpful and powerful for classroom teachers.

Those opt-in pieces include Schoolnet, OpenClass, the Professional Development system and its PD courses and transcript features for educators, and more. That's why the NCDPI has extended the window for local school districts to make a final “opt-in” decision for the non-required parts of the Home Base system to July 15.

By opting in, local districts agree to pay $4 per student based on average daily membership and will be able to fully use all parts of Home Base - not just PowerSchool, the NC Educator Evaluation System and state-required online assessments. More details about options to show your opt-in decision are still to come, so stay tuned.

January 10 Updates
NCWiseOwl
Britannica and NC WiseOwl are offering a Webinar titled "Digital Discoveries for Black History Month: New Resources, New Lesson Plans, New Perspectives." The Webinar, which is scheduled for January 15th at 3 pm, targets the middle school English Language Arts and Social Studies areas. Information is available in the Webinars section of NC WiseOwl (www.ncwiseowl.org/1.htm). As always, free on-site staff development is available at the LEA level to facilitate the use of WiseOwl resources in the curriculum. Questions and requests may be addressed to Dan Sparlin (dan.sparlin@dpi.nc.gov).

January 9 Updates

NCCAT
NCCAT has the following seminars coming up in the near future.

- Jan. 14-17: Digital Learning Across the Curriculum, Cullowhee
- Feb. 12-15: Digital Learning Across the Curriculum, Cullowhee- Feb. 19-22: Using Data Wisely, Cullowhee

For more information, please visit the calendar of programs.

Scan-itThe Scan-it download link is now available for all user types. Additional resources include a webinar recorded on November 20, 2013 and a Users' Guide.

January 7 Updates

NCTest iPad App not Available for Fall Online Assessment Administrations
The iPad App will not be available for 2013-14 fall administrations of the end-of-course (EOC) and NCEXTEND2 EOC online assessments.

The newest release of the iPad App continues to offer the “define” feature with some item types and must not be used to administer EOC or NCEXTEND2 EOC online assessments until further notice. The iPad App is expected to be available for NCTest spring 2014 online administrations.

January 6 Updates

21st Century Community Learning Center Request for Proposals (RFP)
The 2014-2015 window for the 21st Century Community Learning Center Request for Proposals is currently open. Any public or private organization is eligible to apply, including LEAs, non-profit agencies, city or county government agencies, faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education, and for-profit organizations. For more information, please visit the CCLC Request for Proposals site.

Home Base is Now on Twitter
You can get instant notifications on Home Base by following @NCHomeBase on Twitter. Other Home Base communications will continue, including the Home Base Weekly Update.

Online Assessment
The Online Assessment Best Practices Guide has been updated. Technology updates related to bandwidth and readiness can be found in Appendix A. If you need additional information, please contact Kayla Siler, Policy and Planning, kayla.siler@dpi.nc.gov.

Certified Chief Technology Officers Program
The UNC School of Government, in partnership with the NCDPI and MCNC, will deliver this program aimed at superintendents and their technology directors. Space is limited for this program that will focus on specific transformational practices for 21st Century learning and teaching. Applications are due March 30, 2014. For more information, please see the attached letter.

December 4 Updates

Two Webinars on using NC WiseOwl resources will be conducted in the next week:


  • Text Complexity and Britannica for ELA Common Core: Friday, December 6th at 4 pm, or Monday, December 10th at 4 pm.
  • Using EBSCOhost (full text of 4000 student, professional, and consumer magazines): Tuesday December 10th at 3:30 pm.

Information available at www.ncwiseowl.org/1.htm or email Dan Sparlin (dan.sparlin@dpi.nc.gov).
Webinar announcements are available via Twitter by following WiseOwlGuide

December 3 Updates


Not sure how PRC30 funds can be spent? Check out this Chart of Accounts for more information.

November 24 Updates


Looking for more information on PRC30? Be sure to visit our FAQ page. A link to the application can also be found on the FAQ page.

November 4 Updates


Microsoft IT Academy
The Microsoft IT Academy is available again this year offering several opportunities to grow your expertise with E-Learning courses offered through NCDPI! Get started right away with Teaching with Technology and Office 2010 courses that are preloaded into your My Learning space or choose from over 1800 courses listed in the Learning Catalog. Both Windows and Mac versions are included for many titles! Over 100,000 students and staff have earned Microsoft certifications since the academy’s inception! Learn more on the NC IT Academy website. Follow the steps located here to get started!

September 27 Updates

New Website
Digital Teaching and Learning now has a new website. Please change your bookmarks so you can easily locate our division online. The it.ncwiseowl site will no longer be functional after September 30. Be sure to visit the new site!

September 19 Updates


Home Base Issues
Hopefully you are not having any issues with Home Base, but if you are there is a resource to check the status. Known Home Base issues being addressed can be viewed by visiting this webpage.

September 18 Updates


NC WiseOwl
NC WiseOwl and Britannica will offer three webinars on Britannica and the Common Core. The free sessions begin on September 23rd. Registration links are available in the webinars section of NC WiseOwl. The sessions will be archived. For further information contact Dan Sparlin (dan.sparlin@dpi.nc.gov). You can receive webinar announcements via Twitter by following @WiseOwlGuide.

Children's Literature Symposium
Appalachian State University is sponsoring a Children's Literature Symposium. Please visit the webpage for additional information.

Region 7/8 Fall Media Workshop
Learning and Leading:
Media Programs on the Move

September 24, 2013

Hickory Metro Center, Hickory NC
http://www.hickoryconventions.com/

Online registration has closed, but free on-site registration will be available.

Thank You to our sponsors - Mackin, Perma-Bound and other participating vendors

Please plan to bring an electronic device (iPad, laptop, tablet, etc) with you to access handouts and resources. Free wifi is provided.

We will follow this schedule:
7:30 – 8:30 Registration / Danish Breakfast...................................................................... Lobby
8:30 – 11:20 Concurrent Sessions.................................................................... Rooms E, F, G, H
11:20 – 12:30 Lunch – On Your Own...................................................... Refer to Restaurant Map (Provided at the registration desk)
12:30 – 1:20 Concurrent Sessions.................................................................... Rooms E, F, G, H
1:30 – 2:30 AppDown / Door Prizes / Closing.......................................................... Rooms G, H

Vendors – Mackin, Hart, Perma-Bound, RDS, Bound to Stay Bound, Friedas Book Farm, Camcor, Garrett Book Company, Follett, Britannica, Scholastic, My Bob Team, Delaney Education, Rourke Educational, Kaplan (Please plan to visit

Authors - Jenny Hubbard, Judith Geary, Jane Edwards, Marty Hartman, Dicy McCullough, Julia Ebel, Hunter Darden, Cathy Eller

Vendor and Author tables will be located in the Main lobby.

We will also have a TodaysMeet Backchannel - http://todaysmeet.com/Fall_Media_Workshop. Please plan to share resources and communicate with your peers on this channel.

Concurrent Sessions
(Changes may need to be made. Therefore a final copy will be given to you at the registration desk.)
Time
Room E
Room F
Room G
Room H
8:30 –9:20
Battle of the Books: Region 7 Coordinator Meeting
Kelly Feimster
Director of Media/AIG
Rowan-Salisbury

Elementary Books
Lori Nesbitt
Media Coordinator
Rowan-Salisbury
Jennifer RobersonMedia CoordinatorRowan-Salisbury
Follett eBooks: Easy Access and Management with Destiny/FollettShelf, and a look at What’s New!
Chris Healy
Follett Sales Consultant

Creating a School-wide Reading Culture with the Power of Book Talks
Tim Hamby
Scholastic

Kathy Bullock
Scholastic

9:30 –10:20
Elementary Battle of the Books: Region 7 Coordinator Meeting
Annamaria Stuckey
Media Coordinator
Caldwell

Renee Gentry
Media Coordinator
Wilkes
"Me, My Shelfand I"?
Middle / High Books

Tammy Cordeiro
Media Coordinator
Catawba
Collaboration
Amanda MooseMedia CoordinatorCatawba
Media Coordinator New Evaluation Instrument
Jennifer NorthrupNCDPI Region 8 Consultant
10:30 – 11:20
Connecting With Primary Sources
Anne WalterAssistant Director
Mars Hill University

Caryn LevyMedia CoordinatorBuncombe County
Resource Alignment
Karen LoweRetired Media Consultant
Kathy KiserRetired Media Consultant
Integrating Technology
Melanie HoneycuttChief Information OfficerBurke
Super 3 / Big 6: Information Literacy Process
Rebecca WyantMedia CoordinatorCatawba
12:30 –1:20
Teaching with Primary Sources: Photographs
Anne WalterAssistant Director
Mars Hill University

Caryn LevyMedia CoordinatorBuncombe
Reading Still Rocks!Join us for a sneak peek at the 2014 titles for the North Carolina Book Award Contest
Lisa EnglandMedia CoordinatorWinston-Salem/Forsyth
Vicki StanfieldRetired Media Coordinator
Elementary / Middle / High School Round Table
Melanie HoneycuttChief Information OfficerBurke
Jennifer NorthrupNCDPI Region 8 Consultant
iPads as an Instructional Tool
Linda McCray
Instructional Facilitator
Catawba

Donna MurrayInstructional FacilitatorCatawba


September 9 Updates


Intel Teach
Interested in learning more about Intel Teach? Be sure to check out the Intel Teach wiki page. Here you can find the most up-to-date information.



NCSLMA Emerging Leaders Program
NCSLMA has just released the application for the Emerging Leaders Program. Applications are being accepted from those within their first five years of the profession. This is a great opportunity to connect with other school librarians and develop important leadership skills. For more information, please see the application below.



All applications are due September 28.

August 28 Updates


Be sure to check out the dates for upcoming Home Base webinars on the IIS.



August 27 Updates


The following WiseOwl Webinar for elementary and middle school teachersand librarians will be offered on Tuesday, September 3rd at 3:30 pm.

Curriculum/CORE Standards and EBSCO DatabasesEBSCO student interfaces for research now offer access to CORE CurriculumStandards. This one-hour session will feature sample searching andcurriculum integration.

To receive direct notices of upcoming WiseOwl Webinars follow "WiseOwlGuide" on Twitter.

Sign up link for September 3rd Webinar:

https://ebscotraining.webex.com/ebscotraining/k2/j.php?ED=233482112&UID=0&HMAC=77b8865444ef40c682fbb1cc97fa4501752b2776&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

For questions contact Dan Sparlin, dan.sparlin@dpi.nc.gov