Atkinson urges local educators to make better use of the internet
Kesha Williams February 25, 2013
North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson arrived on the
Elizabeth City State University campus Feb. 18 with assurance that public school teaching
methods aren't "obsolete" but will require some remodeling.
Atkinson was the guest of the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools Education Foundation
and ECSU. Her audience included local educators, elected officials and university
students. Atkinson said future instructional methods will include better use of Internet
resources and assorted hand-held digital devices. Those devices will allow students
to hear recorded lectures and lessons by school teachers on demand. Students then
could use classroom time to pose questions and to complete homework assignments, Atkinson
George Cox, vice president of the foundation, said the event was held in support of
public education. Atkinson's presentation, he said, highlighted the progress made
by local schools, while forecasting her priorities for improvement.
"The event was a great opportunity for Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools leadership,
ECSU students and faculty and the Elizabeth City community to come together to show
support for our public schools," Cox said.
Dr. Shelia H. Williams, director of Teacher Education and University-School Education
Partnerships at ECSU, said she was pleased with Atkinson's emphasis on technology.
"Dr. Atkinson emphasized to the audience, which included our (ECSU) student-teachers,
the importance of incorporating technology in the classroom for optimal student learning,"
Williams said. "We realize that the typical student uses some form of technology daily
-- iPads, tablets, laptops, iPhones, etcetera. However, it is our responsibility
to assist them in transferring that knowledge into the classroom where they are completing
assignments. In ECSU's Education Department, we are placing special emphasis on technology--
helping student-teachers prepare to use those devices during classroom instruction."
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