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July 23, 2021     

Digital Teaching and Learning


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Dr. Ashley McBride


Please welcome Digital Teaching and Learning's newest addition, Dr. Ashley McBride who has been appointed the Digital Learning Initiative Consultant. 


Dr. McBride started her career in education as a secondary English teacher. While in the classroom, she found a passion for researching and implementing technology to support student and curricular needs. Her interest in educational technology and the desire to support other educators led her to take on an Instructional Technology Facilitator role and, most recently, to work as the Director of Technology for Dare County Schools.


In 2020, Ashley earned a Doctorate in Educational Technology from Central Michigan University where she focused her research on technology-focused professional development and coaching to support teachers in K-12.

She has shared her research and experiences in educational technology at multiple conferences and in her ISTE book The Edtech Coaching Primer.


Learning Opportunities for Library Media Coordinators

NCSLMA members are being offered learning opportunities this summer through the NC School Library Media Association. Their summer learning series is now open for registration: https://ncslma.wildapricot.org/Blog/10707539. In addition, the association is beginning a virtual networking series for its members: https://ncslma.wildaprient-4406577cot.org/ev

DLI Planning Grantees for the 2021-2022 School Year



The State Board of Education approved Digital-Age Learning Initiative Grants for the 2021-2022 school year. The state-funded grants support the development and dissemination of local innovative digital learning models. The goal of the grant program is to have effective digital learning practices spread across all North Carolina K-12 public schools.

A total of seven planning grants were approved on average for $50,000. Each grant supports the state’s digital learning competencies for educators through innovative initiatives such as micro-credentialing, robotics, coding, makerspaces, personalized learning and augmented reality.

Congratulations to the following 2021-2022 Planning Grant Recipients:

nc wise owl



NCWiseOwl resources will soon be available in NCEdCloud for students and educators leveled by the following categories:

  • Britannica:  Elementary, Middle and High 
  • EBSCO: 10-12, 7-9, 4-6, K-3, AP & IB and Professional
  • NC Resources Page: - All Levels

As part of this transition and coming changes to services available through the Department of Information Technology, the NCWiseOwl website will sunset June 30, 2022. The Toolkit will remain available through Canvas and will be provided as a link in NCEdCloud for educators and students.  Direct linking to the Toolkit will remain available for use by PSUs. Please send any questions to Cynthia Sartain, cynthia.sartain@dpi.nc.gov.

Certified educator

Are you looking for an opportunity to have a teacher, group of teachers, or district leaders in your district become Google Level 1 Certified? Search no more! 


We are pleased to announce a partnership with Google, friEd, and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Digital Teaching and Learning Division. Together we are able to offer an opportunity for an immersive online experience designed to prepare educators for the Google Level 1 Certification through a series of meaningful and hands-on challenges. During completion of the interactive tasks, educators create products that simulate relevant work while learning the material covered on the exam. As a member of this cohort, you will elevate your skills and expand your Personal Learning Network to other educators and their students. Our hope is with your new learning, your enhanced expertise will transform instruction in your classroom. An exam voucher to take the exam is included once the course is completed.


Participants should plan to devote between 14 and 20 hours in support of earning the Google Level 1 Certification Credential, this includes synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities. This program is much more than test prep, so prepare to engage with your friEd Learning Guide and content developed by Google's Premier Education Partner friEdTechnology, because everything is better fried! Please contact Lindsey Sipe, Lindsey.Sipe@dpi.nc.gov, with any questions you may have. 


More information can be found in this flyer and on the website

The Application will open on July 28, 2021 and close on August 3, 2021.