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QTL Partnership at Work

A North Carolina school district is using QTL professional development to prepare teachers for an ambitious technology project. And they chose QTL because it’s not just about technology. The Rutherford County school system is implementing QTL programs through a partnership with The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning, meaning they have the support of the … Continue reading

Even Better than Wordle?

Tag clouds have been an engaging way to reinforce vocabulary and other lessons, and over the past couple of years we’ve shown Wordle to a lot of teachers in QTL sessions and other workshops. Now comes a tool that is even fancier. Tagxedo lets you create word clouds that have interesting shapes, with enhanced interactivity … Continue reading

Web 2.0 Tool: Interactive Digital Posters

If you’re looking for a collaborative project with a visual end product, here’s another new Web 2.0 resource to try. NOTA lets users create an interactive digital poster that includes a variety of resources, including text, photos, clipart, maps, links, and more. There’s even a message board function, though it seems to be in beta … Continue reading

State U vs. The Internet?

TheNextWeb poses an interesting question in an article posted earlier this month: will the Internet make college obsolete? For those of us who carry fond memories of campus life and hold our degrees in high esteem, the answer is obvious: of course it can’t. Or could it?

Budget Frustrations

If it’s possible to measure a low point for morale in the education world, North Carolina teachers may be getting there. Budget cuts already discussed and virtually approved will take a bite out of classroom resources. Further proposed reductions will bite harder. Some lawmakers are trumpeting their plans to reduce lower grade class sizes by … Continue reading

Will ChromeOS Transform Classroom Computing?

There’s a lot of talk this week about Chromebooks and whether they will or will not change the way we use computers in everyday life. There are implications for PC repair, and if Chrome OS catches on, it could transform classroom computing. One real difference that Google brings to the fore with its newest innovation … Continue reading

Budget Ax Threatens Deep Cuts to NC Education System

For North Carolina educators, students and their parents, looming cuts to school funding pose an alarming threat. In a state that already ranks 46th in per pupil spending, the NC House budget unveiled this week would slash spending by almost 9 percent, more than a billion dollars, almost $500 per child. The numbers sound ominous, … Continue reading

Tough Choices, Challenging Times, Bold Leadership

Tough choices dominated the conversation as district and school administrators from across North Carolina gathered in Raleigh last week. For the first time, our organization co-sponsored the annual North Carolina Association of School Administrators Conference. Our CEO Dave Boliek addressed the opening session with a message very much in keeping with the conference theme of … Continue reading

Can Professional Development Have Lasting Impact?

A participant in one of our recent ExplorNet workshops on Multimedia and Webpage Design gave us a pleasant surprise when she told us she had a prior history with our programs. Gail Thompson teaches Business Education now at Raleigh’s Athens Drive High School. But back in 2006 and 2007, she was a teacher at Dillard … Continue reading

Modern Innovation, Modern Challenges

Much has been reported in recent months about the role the Internet now plays in world events. Facebook and Twitter are credited with helping protesters in Egypt and elsewhere organize their efforts and overthrow their governments. Every new use of technology brings a new set of challenges. As social networks and dissident websites take aim … Continue reading

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The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning expands and supports high quality teaching and effective, supportive leadership. QTL Processes bring together technology, teamwork, student data and research-based instruction to create more engaging lesson design for greater student achievement.

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