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NEWS RELEASES 2007-08 :: JANUARY 24, 2008

HERTFORD COUNTY STUDENTS TO PILOT E-BOOKS, THANKS TO AT&T GRANT

Students in Hertford County High School will be on the cutting edge of educational technology, thanks to a special grant by the AT&T Foundation that is providing $25,000 to fund an e-book pilot project to deliver instruction to students in the school.

The e-books were distributed to 44 students representing the student body of Hertford County at a special kick-off event held this evening at Hertford County High School. Students and their teachers will use the e-books in a minimum of three core academic courses from now until May 2008. An evaluation of the students' performance and the success they have with this new learning tool will take place in June and July.

"AT&T has a long-standing commitment to supporting our communities and nothing is more important to a community than the education of its children," said Cynthia Marshall, President AT&T-NC. "We are excited to be participating in this innovative project that will use technology to fan the flame of learning and academic achievement."

State Superintendent June Atkinson thanked AT&T for its support of this project.

"We know that students today are enthusiastic about using technology to network, to learn and to experience new things. AT&T is making this possible in Hertford County, and I am excited about the opportunity to try e-books in a rural North Carolina public school," Atkinson said. She added that lessons learned would be shared with public schools across the state.

The Hertford County community was enthusiastic in embracing this project, organizing a community reception to welcome AT&T's support and the opportunity try a new technology tool for its schools. At the reception, Dr. Vernon Johnson, chief executive officer of Epic Learning, provided a demonstration of the e-books for the parents, students and community leaders who attended the event. Epic Learning is providing the e-books and professional development for the educators involved under the grant.

Epic Learning is a teaching and learning company focusing on improving on time graduation and college readiness for all students. Epic partners with school districts across the country to improve the delivery of high quality curriculum and improve instructional quality in every classroom. For more information on Epic, please go to their Web site at http://www.epiclearningsystem.com.

For more information about this pilot project, please contact the NC Department of Public Instruction Communications division at 919.807.3469.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 107 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 Communications and Information, 919.807.3450.