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Middle Creek engineering teacher best in state!

A bevy of future engineers from Middle Creek High School will have a very special teacher to thank for their success.

Middle Creek engineering teacher Erik Schettig has received the High School Teacher Excellence Award from the North Carolina Technology Engineering and Design Educators.

Candidates for the Teacher Excellence Award are characterized as providing technology and engineering education instruction of high quality, learner centered and relevant to a study of technological literacy.

Schettig has taught a total of two years at Middle Creek and a total of four years in WCPSS.

The Teacher Excellence Award is one of the highest honors given to Technology and Engineering Education classroom teachers and is presented in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the profession and to their students.

Davis Drive joins in Hour of Code

Davis Drive Middle will participate in the Hour of Code after school on Wednesday, December 10. Interested students and teachers will meet at 3:15 p.m. in the school’s media center to take part in computer science activities. Code.org, a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science, launched the Hour of Code to expose millions of students to computer science and stimulate interest in STEM careers. The organization provides a series of fun and engaging activities to introduce students and staff to the concept of writing computer code. Schools and groups are encouraged to select an hour during the week of December 8-14 to share computer-coding lessons.

Principal Edye Morris-Bryant shared this story.

‘Bring Your Own Device’ Will Increase Student Access to Learning Technology

Before long, when you see certain students on their phones or tablets, they won’t necessarily be texting or gaming.

Students in the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program will be encouraged to bring personal devices to school to use for learning activities. Thirteen schools are participating in a pilot that kicks off in January.

“School districts are becoming aware that BYOD serves a great purpose in that it allows students to turn their personal devices into learning devices while freeing up access to school computers,” said Marlo Gaddis, Senior Director of Instructional Technology and Library Media Services.

BYOD SAC mtg

Wakefield Middle School Principal Jimmy Sposato, right, shares the excitement of his teachers around BYOD during a presentation by Assistant Superintendent for Academics Todd Wirt, left, and Gaddis.

Gaddis presented the BYOD pilot plan to members of the WCPSS Student Achievement Committee in a meeting held this afternoon. She said the program is gaining favor with school districts across the country.

WCPSS is working in partnership with the NC State University Friday Institute to offer professional development for BYOD teachers, as well as to ensure Internet safety and equity issues are addressed.

WCPSS board reviews plan for establishing technology baseline

Ensuring that students receive the maximum benefit from digital learning, the Wake County Public School System seeks to establish a baseline for student and teacher access to technology across the district.

A WCPSS team comprising principals and central services academics and technology leaders outlined the plan for school board members this afternoon. The plan would ensure a standard for placement and use of digital learning devices (laptops, tablets and other devices) for teachers and students at every school in the district. Continue Reading . . .