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October, 2014

01 Oct


Congratulations to five public schools in North Carolina on receiving National Blue Ribbons.

From North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

03 Oct

Thank you to Guilford County teacher for book donation

It was NCCAT's pleasure to receive a book donation from alumna Jan Carmichael this week. Jan was with us for "Promoting Early Grades Literacy Through the Arts" in Cullowhee, where teachers learned ways to integrate arts education across the curriculum. Jan has been doing that in creative ways at Doris Henderson Newcomers School in Guilford County.

06 Oct

Online Immersion in Gamification: Quest Based Digital Learning Intensive

As teachers we all know that getting students motivated and engaged in their own learning is an important first step in any learning cycle. One successful method of engaging students is to reframe the learning into a more enjoyable context.

07 Oct

NCCAT Reading, Writing, Ready program in October openings

A message from NCCAT Fellow Donna Glee Williams ...

We have some spaces available in the October 13-16 Reading, Writing, and Ready seminar and would particularly love to have some of your teacher-friends join us for this seminar, which will include great folks like: Roya Scales, Amy Jo Spencer, Jenifer Ross of the Jackson County Library, and Pam Meister over at the Mountain Heritage Center.

14 Oct

The 25 best Pinterest boards for educational technology

Here's an interesting look at Pinterest boards to help with educational technology.

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Don't forget - NCCAT is on Pinterest, too. Click here to visit us.

What are some Pinterest boards you use? Tell us with comments here.

15 Oct

Need ideas for incorporating technology into your Classroom? NCCAT can help!

Check out our upcoming technology offerings below. Visit our website for a complete listing of our professional development programs.

Here is what one teacher said about time in a NCCAT technology seminar ...

16 Oct

NCCAT alumna wins national fellowship

Congratulations to Jessica Metz, a teacher with Cherokee Central Schools, on taking part in the 2014 Grosvenor Teacher Fellows expedition, a National Geographic tour given to just 25 teachers in the United States and Canada. Jessica is a NCCAT alumna and we are proud of her work!

20 Oct

NCCAT alumna from Newton-Conover City Schools wins Milken Educator Award

Congratulations to NCCAT alumna Angie Sigmon, a K-3 teacher at Shuford Elementary School in Conover (Newton-Conover City Schools), who has been named North Carolina's latest Milken Educator Award winner and the recipient of a $25,000 prize.

We're proud of Angie and the great work she does for the children of Shuford Elementary School. Here's more on the honor from the Department of North Carolina Department of Public Instruction ...

21 Oct

NCCAT alumnus working on program to expand teacher professional development

A good friend and alumnus of NCCAT Ben Owens, a physics and mathematics teacher at Tri-County Early College High School in Cherokee County and National Teacher Fellow with The Hope Street Group, is working on an interesting program to expand in-classroom, teacher-to-teacher professional development.

The program currently has people in four districts participating in the pilot: Swain County, Buncombe County, McDowell County and Cherokee County. We are hoping to have a project kickoff at NCCAT in Cullowhe in early December. We'll keep you posted.

23 Oct

Hour of Code returns to give every student in every school the opportunity to learn computer programming

Last year NCCAT took part in the "Hour of Code" effort. "The Hour of Code" is an opportunity for every student to try computer science for one hour.

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