Learning award to be presented in Oxford on Wednesday

Dec. 31, 2012 @ 05:43 PM

Granville County Schools will be recognized on Wednesday for outstanding progress in the use of classroom technology and digital learning.

The state announced Granville winning the award in early November.

Bill Harrison, chairman of the state board of education, will represent Gov. Bev Perdue and present the award at a ceremony to be held at 1 p.m. at the Granville County Expo and Conference Center at 4185 U.S. 15 South.

The Granville school system is one of 10 school districts to receive the North Carolina Innovator in Digital Learning Award.

In a prepared statement announcing the award, Gov. Perdue said: “The digital world is bringing us profound changes and it is helping to revolutionize education. These teachers have created 21st century classrooms that take advantage of technology. They use it to engage students directly in their own learning and capture their attention in ways not possible with traditional textbooks and chalkboards.”

Granville County Schools has capitalized on technology both in developing the necessary infrastructure and in applying technology in instruction.

Infrastructure development has included establishing wireless networks, one-to-one laptop rollouts and iPad carts.

For instructional purposes, the district has trained teachers to modify their teaching techniques to capitalize on instructional technology and expanded scope of online instruction available to students.

“It’s really a culmination of all the work that’s been going on with technology in our district,” said Stan Winborne, public information officer for the school system.

Local officials scheduled to participate in the award ceremony are Leonard Peace Sr., chairman of the Granville County Board of Education; Timothy Farley, Granville County superintendent of schools; Tony W. Cozart, Granville County Commissioner; and Vanessa Warren, director of instructional technology for Granville County Schools.

The other schools receiving recognition are Alleghany High School in Alleghany County, Asheboro High School, Randolph County, Cherokee County Schools, Hoke County Schools, Kannapolis Middle School in Cabarrus County, Mooresville Graded Schools in Iredell County, North Rowan High School, Rutherford County Schools and Thomasville City Schools.

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