South Carolina Implements Web-Based Training for Teachers, Students

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The South Carolina Department of Education, through its Office of eLearning, has partnered with Atomic Learning to deploy a Web-based instruction system for teacher training and online instruction for students. Through the partnership, Atomic will deliver training in various software applications, along with lesson plans and other technology-based support systems.

According to Atomic, the goal is to improve the understanding of technology among teachers and students. South Carolina is providing online assessments for educators, along with professional development recommendations based on the assessments. A similar system is in development for students.

To help with mastery of technologies, Atomic is providing training in more than 100 individual applications, along with lesson plans and professional development workshops on such topics as Web 2.0 and blogging, among others.

"The challenge facing America's schools is the empowerment of all children to function effectively in their future, a future marked increasingly with change, information growth, and evolving technologies," said Dee Appleby, director of the South Carolina Office of eLearning. "Technology is a powerful tool with enormous potential for paving high-speed highways from outdated educational systems to systems capable of providing learning opportunities for all, to better serve the needs of 21st century work, communications, learning, and life."

Teachers and students are being provided with access to Atomic's online library of tutorials for "professional development opportunities, school projects and homework and for personal growth," according to the company.

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About the author: David Nagel is the executive editor for 1105 Media's online education technology publications, including THE Journal and Campus Technology. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com.

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David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media's online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. He can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/THEJournalDave (K-12) or http://twitter.com/CampusTechDave (higher education). You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192.

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