Department of Public Instruction
TWELVE NORTH CAROLINA MIDDLE SCHOOLS RECEIVED GRANTS FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE NC CLASSES ONLINE CLASSROOM WEB SITE PROGRAM
State Rep. Tolson Applauds this Use of Technology in Education
Tarboro, N.C., November 16, 2001 - The Department of Public Instruction and Accenture recognized 12 North Carolina middle schools today for their participation in the NC Classes Online pilot program during a ceremony at Martin Middle School in Tarboro. Accenture, a leading management and technology consulting organization, provided a $1,000 grant to each of the schools for their commitment to innovation through technology.
State Rep. Joe Tolson; Bob Bellamy, DPI's chief technology officer; and Rob Berton, an Accenture government partner, recognized the principals during the ceremony. Dr. George Thigpen, superintendent of Edgecombe County Schools, and Wayne Miller, principal of Martin Middle School, also participated in the event.
"NC Classes Online is an innovative program that creatively combines technology with education," said State Rep. Tolson. "This tool helps keep parents informed, gives teachers another link to students and families and provides hands-on technology training for North Carolina students."
The program started in February 2001 as a pilot project to encourage teachers to design and build their own classroom Web pages using a customizable template. NC Classes Online has since expanded statewide, enabling teachers across North Carolina to post homework assignments, upcoming class activities and other school information on their classroom Web page. Program information and web page building tools are housed on the state portal at www.ncgov.com/ncclasses.
"The NC Classes Online project is a win for teachers, students and parents," said Berton. "The program represents another way to involve families in the education process, and is an example of how the state is creatively using the power of the Web to enhance public sector services."
According to Bellamy, "For schools, NC Classes Online provides a valuable resource to use technology to strengthen home-school communication. We're pleased that this partnership has resulted in more of our schools having the capacity to reach parents. We applaud the 12 schools that piloted this effort and the support from Accenture that enabled us to recognize these schools."
Schools recognized for participating in the pilot program include:
- Asheboro City Schools: North Asheboro Middle School and South Asheboro Middle School
- Asheville City Schools: Asheville Middle School
- Brunswick County Schools: Leland Middle School, Shallotte Middle School and South Brunswick Middle School
- Edgecombe County Schools: Martin Middle School
- Macon County Schools: Macon County Middle School
- Moore County Schools: New Century Middle School and West Pine Middle School
- Pamlico County Schools: Pamlico County Middle School
- Washington County Schools: Washington County Union School
Accenture is the world's leading management and technology consulting organization. Through its network of businesses approach - in which the company enhances its consulting and outsourcing expertise through alliances, ventures and other capabilities - Accenture delivers innovations that help clients across all industries quickly realize their visions. With more than 75,000 people in 46 countries, the company generated net revenues of $11.44 billion for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2001. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.
For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.