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W.Va.'s Teach 21 Website Attracts Global Users

February 09, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education's online planning tool for teachers is attracting nearly 15,000 visits a month from 88 different countries.

The interactive site, which was designed by teachers and launched in 2007, 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.

“Teach 21 is West Virginia’s way for teachers to teach teachers,” said West Virginia Superintendent Ted Mattern. “The site allows educators to learn valuable techniques that they can take back to their classrooms and share with their students. The fact that teachers in other states and countries are accessing this resource speaks volumes about its usefulness.”

By accessing the Teach 21 website, 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, as well as links and references to other useful sites.  The site also includes presentations and modules that local school districts can use for professional development.
The site is accessed nearly 471 times a day. Most of the visits are from West Virginia, followed by Ohio, Pennsylvania, California and New York. Among international visitors, Canada, the United Kingdom and India top the lists. The site is a favorite of many, with 31,584 visiting the site more than 200 times since its debut in 2007.
“Teach 21 gives teachers research-backed, proven resources they can use to better prepare students for career and college success in the 21st century,”  said Carla Williamson with the Office of Instruction. “Teach 21 equips teachers with the tools needed to better teach problem solving and other higher order thinking skills.”  
The website can be accessed at http://wvde.state.wv.us/teach21 .
For more information, contact Carla Williamson at (304) 558-5325, or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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