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WVDE to Launch Teach 21 Web Site

November 07, 2007

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ The West Virginia Department of Education will launch its Teach 21 Web site simultaneously at 55 sites statewide on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007 at 3:30 p.m. The Teach 21 Web site is a powerful online tool to assist teachers in planning and delivering effective 21st century instruction. West Teays Elementary School in Putnam County will serve as the base location for the live webcast launch.

Teach 21, an interactive site, was designed by teachers and allows educators to quickly access 21st Century Content Standards, learning skills, research-based instructional strategies, technology tools and other resources. The site may be used with large groups in an auditorium or by individuals in the privacy of their homes.

“Providing quality professional development is the key to helping teachers become literate with information and communication technology so that they can transform West Virginia’s schools into 21st century learning centers,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “Teach 21 will enable educators to learn valuable techniques that they can take back to their classrooms and share with their students.”

By accessing the Teach 21 Web site, teachers can download prepared training materials that include introductory pieces on 21st century education and issues, videos from across West Virginia of exemplary 21st century teachers, a blog, a wiki, and links and references to other useful sites.

“Teach 21 is West Virginia teachers teaching West Virginia teachers,” said Paine. “With this training, our teachers will be better equipped to teach problem solving and other higher order thinking skills.”  

To attend the live webcast launch please:

  • Click on this link:  http://wvde.state.wv.us/teach21launch/
  • You will be asked to login as soon as you arrive on the site. Registration will be open 15 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.
  • Your computer must have a web browser and Media Player.
  • Your computer must also have working speakers or headphones.
  • You will have a chance to submit questions during and after the webcast.

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