From the Editor - Spring 2012

04/01/2012  |  Stephen Murphy [email protected]
From the Editor
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We had a such positive response from our Technology issue (Winter 2011) that we decided to do a deeper dive in this issue, with a focus on “Virtual Classrooms.”

A lot of our schools in the Southeast are doing exciting things when it comes to virtual classrooms. We were especially excited to have the opportunity to speak with Dr. Wanda Creel, the Superintendent of Barrow County Schools, just outside Atlanta, Georgia. With their mission “boldly committed to student success,” Barrow County Schools have implemented videoconferencing capabilities to their schools which have helped the curriculum come to life for their students. Dr. Creel walked us through their decision-making process and the implementation of the project, as well as their plans moving forward.

We were also thrilled to hear from Mooresville Graded School District (MGSD) out of North Carolina. MGSD was recently featured in the New York Times as a national model of the digital school. Dr. Mark Edwards, the Superintendent in Mooresville was kind enough to contribute this issue’s “Guest Column” and describes their goal of giving each student the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. With this goal in mind, they implemented technology not just for its own sake, but in order to increase student engagement and personalize learning. This is a must read for anyone who is interested in the use of technology in the classroom – especially those who are skeptical about the value of technology in schools!

We invite other superintendents in our school districts, in the Southeast and beyond, to share your success stories, best practices, lessons learned and ideas with us as well.

Virtual classrooms can be beneficial for students, as you will see across several of our articles, but they can also provide impactful professional development opportunities for teachers. Rod Powell, a history teacher at Mooresville Senior High School in North Carolina, outlines the ways that a virtual community of educators can provide the spark to reinvigorate your teaching career.

Also in this issue, we’ve got a fantastic section on “Student Safety.” From student safety online (including an overview of the new E-Rate requirements), in your schools and even on the school bus, we’ve got it covered.

We offer special thanks to Derek Graham, the section chief for transportation services with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, for his overview of school bus safety and information about keeping students safe at the bus stop.

In this issue of SEEN, we present a myriad of resources and information for educators, including graduate education programs, special needs and autism resources, school nutrition, and ideas about STEM education.

As always, we always want to hear from our readers! Please visit www.seenmagazine.us to give us feedback, ideas and requests or email me directly at [email protected].

I look forward to hearing from you!

Stephen Murphy

Editor-in-Chief

Spring 2012

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