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7th District education rep visits local leaders


Royal excited about county school technology initiatives



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Mike Royal, Ga. Dept. of Education District 7 representative.
August 19, 2013
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Mike Royal, the Georgia Department of Education's representative for the seventh congressional district, stopped by Forsyth County recently to meet with board of education members and sit in on a meeting.

It's been about a year since Royal has visited Forsyth County, but he said he wants these visits to be more frequent.

Royal wanted to meet with board of education members to find out how the state can better serve students.

Royal said Forsyth County stands out for its technological innovations.

"Forsyth County should be proud because it is a leader in the use of technology in the classroom," Royal said.

Royal said he wants to replicate the county's success with technology throughout the state.

Specifically, Royal referred to the "itslearning" platform that the county has been developing for the past three years and is implementing this school year.

Forsyth County Schools Superintendent L.C. "Buster" Evans said is it a web-based learning management system, a platform for both content delivery and personalized learning.

"It's going to know what [a student] needs to know and also know what her preferred learning styles are and help match what she needs to know with whatever delivery model best meets her learning style," Evans said.

The Norwegian-based program integrates content from the company itself, content specialists and teachers within the system as well as internationally.

"It's the only one like it in the country," said Ann Crow, a school board member. "There are tens of thousands of web-based designed programs and projects that they can pull up to help them learn at a specific standard and it's all right there."

Crow said the platform is geared toward connecting teachers with the students and parents, because everyone can see what the child is doing, what standards they've met and get connections to different programs that will help them learn.

Royal said technology is a big part in the way students receive education today and in the future.

Royal's main goal of the meeting was to assess Forsyth County's position to better prepare for the months ahead.

"School is in and it is time to go," Royal said.

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