RCS honored as digital innovator

State Superintendent June Atkinson visits East Rutherford High School to present banner.
Feb. 15, 2013 @ 05:10 AM

Rutherford County Schools was recognized as a pioneer in digital technology during a ceremony on Thursday.

After taking a ride on one of Ellenboro Elementary School's buses, State Superintendent June Atkinson visited East Rutherford High School to present the North Carolina Innovator in Digital Learning Award to the district.

“District leaders, principals and teachers in Rutherford County Schools have worked together to change professional development, classroom structures and school culture to ensure students have greater opportunities to learn from and with new technology,” Atkinson said in a statement. “Their efforts serve as a model for other districts to follow and I am pleased to recognize their great progress with the North Carolina Innovator in Digital Learning Award.”

The award was created to recognize outstanding progress in the use of classroom technology and digital learning. The district is one of 10 schools and

school districts to receive the honor.

"We are honored to have Dr. Atkinson visit Rutherford County Schools

to celebrate our selection as a North Carolina Innovator in Digital Learning," Rutherford County Schools Superintendent Janet Mason said in a statement. "Our commitment to transform teaching and learning through technology integration is essential to our Going G.L.O.B.A.L. initiative. We are committed to preparing our students to be successful in the global community, ready for college and careers of the 21st century. "

The ceremony included speakers such as Brad Teague, 2012 Region 8 Principal of the Year; John Mark Bennett, Chairman of the RCS Board of Education; and Jill Francis, 2013 Region 8 Teacher of the Year. Each took the time to say a few words about the Going G.L.O.B.A.L. initiative.

"My connected classroom is opening endless opportunities for my students. The information we have available is not just limited to one textbook anymore. With every students having access to the Internet, resources are unlimited," Francis said. "I can't wait to see what my classroom will look like in the next 15 years."

At the end of the ceremony, Atkinson presented RCS with a banner recognizing them as a digital innovator.