General Information

Technology Plans

Technology Plans were approved at the the April 2 North Carolina State Board of Education, 4/2/2014 at the University of North Carolina, Pembroke. You may view the approval online. Thank your for your hard work in getting these plans in place. Let me know how I can support you in the implementation of your plan. Charter Schools that did not submit a plan for State Board approval can submit a one year plan in the fall.


From Julian Nichols-Wilson
Right now the AMTR save button is disabled, until we complete the changes. On Monday, April 7th, Cathy (Mathews) and I will meet with the NC School Report Card State Coordinator to discuss the changes. Hopefully we will be in position to ascertain a timeline after the meeting. It is dependent upon factors relating to data that maps back to the School Report Card and how quickly the programmer can make the changes that we need. Quite a bit of the questions as they currently exist are in need of restructuring. Some may even need to go away because they are no longer pertinent.

I know that this has to be frustrating. We just could not identify a "good time" to make the necessary updates. Even if we changed this during the summer, there would be challenges relating to the School Report Card.

Summer Institute 20014 @ West Stoke High School

We're headed back to King, NC for Summer Institute 2014. SI2014 will be July 7 - 8. Check the DPI website for more information.

Digital Learning Grants

Our division met last week in Concord and made recommendations for next year's Digital Learning Grant. As soon as I know something definite I will send out information to you and post it on this wiki. Just a reminder that all current PRC 30 funds are to be expended by June 30, 2014.

WiseOwl webinars for secondary science, social studies, and language arts teachers

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 – questions may be addressed to Dan Sparlin (

Summer Hangout Meeting

I would like to try a Google Hangout meeting for June. I set up a Doodle Poll to help set a date. I will let the poll run through the end of the month to ensure that all those on spring break will have an opportunity to participate.

Region 5 June Online Meeting Doodle Poll

Does anyone block Google Hangout? We can use GoToMeeting if necessary. Instructions for setting up a Google Hangout is in the tech tips below.

Curriculum and Instruction

Calling all High School STEM educators! Teach Your Students 21st Century Computer Science Skills

SAS offers free training for STEM educators who are teaching SAS Programming I and II or AP Statistics. Please feel free to share! The direct link for more information is

Summer 2014 Meredith Mathematics and Science Institutes

Registration for summer 2014 Meredith Mathematics and Science Institutes is now open. There are an outstanding group of consultants who have planned professional development during the last week of July 27-August 1. Use this link to see what MMSI offers for you and your colleagues in summer 2014: There are professional development opportunities for individual teachers, administrators and lead teachers, and schools teams. For more information, contact Cindy Bell at or Jeane Joyner at joynerj@meredith.ed

Sticks and Stones: Free Safe Schools Webinar

Join Facing History and Ourselves and author Emily Bazelon for a free one-hour webinar on issues related to bullying, identity, and creating safe school environments. In this one-hour webinar, Bazelon will discuss her book Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy with Meredith Gavrin, program director of New Haven Academy in New Haven, Connecticut, and author of the official Sticks and Stones study guide, which helps educators use the book as with middle and high school students.

School Library

September PD: Creating Text Sets

Something to put on your fall PD calendar. NCDPI's English Language Arts Consultants are offering a day long, PD session for School Library Media Coordinators on Creating Text Sets for 60-65 participants. We will be meeting on September 18th in Winston-Salem. (Thanks, Jackie Pierson). Registration information will be provided when the plans are finalized.

It's School Library Month

Please share the following resources with your school library media coordinators as we celebrate School Library Month.

School library media coordinators advocate for effective media programs (SLMC Professional Standards 1, Element c)

Kathy ParkerSchool Library Media ConsultantDivision of Digital Teaching and Learning,

Leading In and Beyond the Library

The Alliance for Excellent Education has released its report, Leading In and Beyond the Library.// Deborah Goodman

Connectivity News


Our region said goodbyes to Barry Pace at our last meeting in Burlington. If you weren't able to join us and do not know, Barry is now the CTO at Buncombe County Schools. I'm sure he would appreciate your good thoughts and prayers as he begins this new journey. Until an additional E-Rate Consultant is hired, Jeannene Hurley will be serving the entire state. She has been added to our email list and Connectivity has access to add content to this wiki. Her contact information is below. Welcome!!!!
Jeannene Hurley
E-rate Specialist Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8

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NC Department of Public Instruction
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Microsoft IT Academy

We now have the Office 2013 suite available for Microsoft IT Academy Labs in your school. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, as well as the new Certiport Console 8, can be downloaded from:

In order to receive the license keys, you must follow these instructions precisely:

1. Send an email to me with the subject line as below (case sensitive). Replace LEA001 with your LEA number (i.e. LEA600). The subject line must contain only this information. Anything else and it will be delayed.


Subject: MITA for LEA001

2. You should receive an auto response with the keys for your LEA. One key is for MAK - (Multiple Activation Key) and the other is for KMS (Key Management Server) if you are using one.

PLEASE REMEMBER: the details of our agreement with Microsoft is that these licenses are for the MITA labs at the High Schools only. We do not want to jeopardize any future licensing discussions with Microsoft. Thanks in advance for your help in this.

Michael Ramsey, Network Analyst
School Connectivity / E-Rate Services
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (828) 278-9770

Tech Tips

Google Hang Out (GHO) Instructions

Source: NCLTI


Create and play quizzes, discussions or even surveys (caledl Kahoots) using any device with a web browser… including a laptop, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android, Chromebook, Windows Phone or PC and more.

TPACK 4 Teachers
A work in progress. Resources for Curriculum and Instructional leaders and teachers to use in updating 20th Century activities so that they will more closely reflect real world connections to learning. The Harris and Hoffer 4 Step Process is highlight. It's a tool kit, not a workshop. Please provide your feedback and suggestions to

Thanks for all you do for the students in North Carolina.