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ERIC Number: ED572244
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 35
Abstractor: ERIC
Educating for the 21st Century: Bringing Today's Classrooms into the Digital Age. Field Hearing of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session on Examining Educating for the 21st Century, Focusing on Bringing Today's Classrooms into the Digital Age (November 22, 2013, Charlotte, NC). Senate Hearing 113-821
US Senate
This field hearing of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, focused on discussing new ways to use technology in the classroom. The committee met on Friday, November 22, 2013, in the media room, Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology with Hon. Kay Hagan presiding. Opening remarks by Honorable Kay R. Hagan began with her stating that, according to the FCC, half of America's classrooms today have slower Internet access than the average American home. Only 10 percent of schools have the bandwidth necessary for high quality digital learning. Too many schools across the country, both urban and rural, are dramatically behind in implementing technology. This puts the students in these very rural areas behind their peers as they move to college or to a career. In order to prepare young people for 21st century careers, classrooms need to be brought into the 21st century. Every school needs to be online with access to computers and to tablets and high-speed Internet connection; and outstanding educators must be provided the training they need to use this technology. Statements were presented by: (1) Scott S. Smith, Chief Technology Officer, Mooresville Graded School District, Mooresville, NC; (2) Melissa Rihm Thibault, Vice Chancellor for Distance Education and Extended Programs, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Durham, NC; (3) Dale Miller, High School Student, Mooresville High School, Mooresville; (4) Raha Obaei, 6th grade Teacher, Kennedy Middle School, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte, NC; (5) Eric Graham, High School Student, Phillip O. Berry, Academy of Technology, Charlotte, NC; (6) Sean O'Leary, 5th grade Teacher, Hawk Ridge Elementary, Charlotte, NC; and (7) Mazzanni, Burnett, 8th grade Student, Kennedy Middle School, Charlotte- Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte, NC.
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Senate. Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina