Student Engagement

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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

Jerry Seinfeld and the Interactive Classroom

(RALEIGH) – What good is technology if it sits on a shelf? That’s been a persistent question for administrators juggling budgets and deciding whether interactive tools are worth the price. Amid budget cuts and belt tightening, no one wants to spend precious dollars on tools that aren’t effective. But instructional leaders are desperately looking for … Continue reading

Engaging History Project Makes the News

Finding ways to get elementary students interested in social studies and history can be a challenge, but it’s one that lends itself to creativity. A Franklin County teacher’s awesome “Famous North Carolinians” project is a case in point. A “Tar Heel Traveler” news crew from Raleigh’s WRAL visited Louisburg to watch as fourth graders dressed … Continue reading

School Improvement Effort Pays Off for Students

This spring a state report said coaching and collaboration are making a difference at Creswell High School.  Now test scores vividly illustrate the impact teachers are having. Test scores are up sharply at Creswell High School, a grade 7-12 school in rural northeastern North Carolina.  And a recent formal review of Creswell High School by … Continue reading

Five Surefire Ways to Engage Students, Part 3: Cooperative Learning

This month, we will look deeper into Cooperative Learning, the third way to improve student performance in our series, Five Surefire Ways to Engage Students.  (Read Part One:Brain-Based Learning or Part Two: Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles or Part Four: Graphic Organizers.) Cooperative Learning models have been used at all educational levels, but are also … Continue reading

Technology in the Classroom

Driving to work this morning, curiosity got the best of me and I found myself pulling ever-closer to the car in front of me in an effort to read the tiny print on an intriguing bumper sticker. When I finally managed to make out what it said, I realized it was a rant against tailgaters. … Continue reading

Five Surefire Ways to Engage Students, Part One: Brain-Based Learning

By Theresa Bell The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning Looking for ways to engage your students and motivate them to be self-directed learners?  In the weeks ahead, we’ll be examining five surefire tips: The Five Surefire Ways Series: 1. Brain-Based Learning 2. Multiple Intelligences & Learning Styles 3. Cooperative Grouping 4. Graphic Organizers 5. Inquiry Based Learning … Continue reading

How Technology WILL Impact the Future Classroom

Robin Fred The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning (Dec. 12, 2008) – This morning’s meeting of the North Carolina Joint Legislative Technology Commissions in Raleigh was indeed what state school board chairman Howard Lee called a “fantastically informative experience.”  The snapshots of progress in increasing the effective use of educational technology were dizzying to … 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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