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November 5, 2012

Gov. Perdue honors AHS for digital learning

ASHEBORO — ASHEBORO — Asheboro High School was recognized by Gov. Bev Perdue Monday as an innovator in digital learning.

Perdue was on campus to present a banner that read, "2012 North Carolina Innovator in Digital Learning." AHS is the first of 10 public schools in the state to receive the award in its inaugural year.

"It's my honor to present this banner," she told students, teachers and officials at the Professional Development Center on the AHS campus. "This is a big deal for your city and the school system."

The honor recognizes schools for their use of classroom technology and digital learning. The 10 schools were selected for their progress in using the North Carolina Digital Learning Progress Rubric for Self Assessment developed by the Friday Institute and the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

Perdue said that schools hadn't changed much in 200 years, basing education on teachers lecturing and students taking notes. But with advanced communications technology that's changing.

"You all have put your money where your mouth is," she said, noting the use of technology in learning. She said she had visited classrooms at AHS before the presentation and was told by students that, using digital devices, they now can learn anywhere, at their own pace, in their own space and without getting bored.

At the same time, Perdue said, teachers told her they have changed the way they teach. Digital innovation allows students to work in groups, for instance.

"Work sites are changing with technology," said Perdue. "Businesses want workers who can think and work in teams."

Public schools are using digital technology to prepare students for those work sites, she said.

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