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Many new customers are already tapping into a newly installed highpowered Internet cable in the Albemarle. Microelectronics Center of North Carolina finished work four months ago on a fiber optic cable to offer better computer access to schools, colleges and nonprofit hospitals. Local schools have eight times the bandwidth they had five years ago, but are not paying any more for it, thanks to the federally and statefunded project, said Joe Freddoso, MCNC president and CEO.

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The school districts in Dare, Elizabeth City-Pasquotank, EdentonChowan and Currituck, along with Elizabeth City State University and College of The Albemarle are already connected to the MCNC cable line. Camden and Perquimans school districts are expected to upgrade their connections as soon as they need to. The cable was built with enough capacity for businesses to connect, too. Freddoso said about a fourth of the fiber available for private purchase has already been bought. “I am pleasantly surprised at the demand we have gotten in the northeast,” said Freddoso. The $144 million MCNC project was designed to expand computer capabilities to schools across the region and the state. About 1,200 miles of cable were added to the existing North Carolina Research and Education Network during phase II of the project that included the

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Albemarle area. Only MCNC’s target customers — schools, hospitals, colleges and universities — were eligible to tap directly into the MCNC cable. Other customers most likely will go through a middleman that pays MCNC for access to its broadband cable. The companies buying fiber are responsible for providing the connections to their residential and business customers. Three wholesalers have now purchased fiber that makes bandwidth available to service providers in northeastern North Carolina that was previously unavailable, said Freddoso. One Chowan County businessman is now buying bandwidth from one of those wholesalers.

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Mark Montgomery with Net-Change in Edenton said buying bandwidth from Shelby-based RST Global Communications will mean “huge savings” for his company. Net-Change, which offers wireless, high-speed Internet service to about 400 rural customers, is now getting 10 times the bandwidth at a third the cost his company previously paid, said Montgomery.

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Another local entrepreneur, Stephen Lane with InteliPort in Perquimans County, actually bought fiber rather than buying it from a wholesaler. He plans to expand his company’s services in the Albemarle area. Lane said small businesses were previously edged out by the region’s powerful Internet providers, but the new cable will offer new opportunities. “(The MCNC cable) completely changed the playing field. It leveled it,” said Lane. The broadband cable still has plenty of capacity for new customers,

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The Daily Advance The broadband cable still has plenty of capacity for new customers, said Freddoso. On test days across local school districts, with a big burst of demand, the system operates at about 40 to 50 percent its capacity, he estimated. As the system grows, adding more capacity should not be difficult, Freddoso said. The cable can be easily upgraded with routers and switches to expand. “We could potentially take on a lot more customers than we have today,” he said. Freddoso said he expects that demand will build quickly in coming years. Demand for more bandwidth in schools grows by about 50 percent each year, Freddoso noted. With North Carolina’s online testing and new emphasis on relying less on textbooks and more on online service, the demand will only increase more, he predicted.

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Many new customers are already tapping into a newly installed highpowered Internet cable in the Albemarle. Microelectronics Center of North Carolina finished work four months ago on a fiber optic cable to offer better computer access to schools, colleges and hospitals. Local schools have eight times the bandwidth they had five years ago, but are not paying any more for it, thanks to the federally and statefunded project, said Joe Freddoso, MCNC president and CEO.

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The school districts in Dare, Elizabeth City-Pasquotank, EdentonChowan and Currituck, along with Elizabeth City State University and College of The Albemarle are already connected to the MCNC cable line. Camden and Perquimans school districts are expected to hook up as soon as they need it. The cable was built with enough capacity for businesses to connect, too. Freddoso said about a fourth of the fiber available for private purchase has already been bought. “I am pleasantly surprised at the demand we have gotten in the northeast,” said Freddoso.

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The $144 million MCNC project was designed to expand computer capabilities to schools across the region and the state. About 1,200 miles of cable were added to the existing North Carolina Research and Education Network during phase II of the project that included the Albemarle area.

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Only MCNC’s target customers — schools, hospitals, colleges and universities — were eligible to tap directly into the MCNC cable. Other customers most likely will go through a middleman that pays MCNC for access to its broadband cable. The companies buying fiber are responsible for providing the connections to their residential and business customers. Three wholesalers have now purchased fiber that makes bandwidth available to service providers in northeastern North Carolina that was previously unavailable, said Freddoso. One Chowan County businessman is now buying bandwidth from one of those wholesalers. Mark Montgomery with Net-Change in Edenton said buying bandwidth from Shelby-based RST Global Communications will mean “huge savings” for his company.

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Net-Change, which offers wireless, high-speed Internet service to about 400 rural customers, is now getting 10 times the bandwidth at a third the cost his company previously paid, said Montgomery. Another local entrepreneur, Stephen Lane with InteliPort in Perquimans County, actually bought fiber rather than buying it from a wholesaler. He plans to expand his company’s services in the Albemarle area. Lane said small businesses were previously edged out by the region’s powerful Internet providers, but the new cable will offer new opportunities. “(The MCNC cable) completely changed the playing field. It leveled it,”

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MOSTPOPULARSTORIES RALEIGH, N.C. — Former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue returned briefly Wednesday to the public stage after a year away by announcing her initiative to expand the scope and value of electronic technology for teaching students of all ages. Perdue, the founder and chairwoman of DigiLEARN, or the Digital Learning Institute, envisions the effort as bringing together teachers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and students to develop the most effective online or portable learning tools. The idea, Perdue said, is to determine how technology can best be used, then encourage companies or software engineers develop it for use in all classrooms. DigiLEARN "will help build a pathway so that we can scale digital learning all over the world," Perdue said at a news conference as the institute held a strategic planning meeting on the North Caroilna State University campus. Such digital innovation also can lead to job creation, she added.

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Perdue, a Democrat from New Bern, was elected North Carolina's first female governor in 2008 and left office in January 2013 after choosing not to seek re-election. Since then, Perdue has spent time on the campuses of Harvard and Duke universities and started a consulting firm. Now the ex-governor says she'll give a lot of time to the institute, which is getting off the ground thanks to $450,000 in grants from the Carnegie Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The next steps are to flesh out the nonprofit foundation's work and raise additional funds. "This is a primary job for me because I want to see it succeed," Perdue said. Now age 67 and out of elected office for the first time in more than 25 years, Perdue has chosen to remain on the political sidelines as Republicans have run state government since she left the Executive Mansion. Fellow Democrats have complained GOP Gov. Pat McCrory and the legislature are reversing course on education. Save for praising words from McCrory this week on teacher pay increases, Perdue didn't want to comment on the past year in state government, saying it was a day to talk about digital learning. "I politely decline," she said. Perdue said McCrory and legislative leaders have spoken out in support of digital learning efforts. Perdue, a former public school teacher herself, was involved in digital learning expansion while governor and previously lieutenant governor. She helped in the creation of the North Carolina Virtual Public School, where tens of thousands of students take classes online, and promoted the use of hand-held devices for teachers to assess students. http://www.thestate.com/2014/01/22/3221088/ex-nc-gov-perdue-announces-education.html#storylink=rss Perdue held the news conference with vice chairman and former Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer. He

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Save for praising words from McCrory this week on teacher pay increases, Perdue didn't want to comment on the past year in state government, saying it was a day to talk about digital learning. "I politely decline," she said. Perdue said McCrory and legislative leaders have spoken out in RALEIGH, N.C.: Ex­NC Gov. Perdue announces education tech effort | Technology | The State                                                                                             Page 2 of 2  support of digital learning efforts. Perdue, a former public school teacher herself, was involved in digital learning expansion while governor and previously lieutenant governor. She helped in the creation of the North Carolina Virtual Public School, where tens of thousands of students take classes online, and promoted the use of hand-held devices for teachers to assess students. Perdue held the news conference with vice chairman and former Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer. He talked about how the Western Governors University — an online, accredited college founded by 19 governors and which he is a founder and current trustee board chairman — is a great example of how technology transforms education. Students work at their own pace and can be assessed for learning skills and concepts on a routine basis, not just at midterms and exam time. Young learners are engaged by technology found in smartphones and tablets, Geringer said. "If you can make that work in a classroom you've got the opportunity for 'discovery learning' that every child gets very excited about," he said. The DigiLEARN board includes, among others, former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise, former National Education Association executive director John Wilson and the CEOs of the Research Triangle Foundation and broadband infrastructure provider MCNC. Wednesday's scheduled speakers included former Gov. Jim Hunt and venture capital company founder Michael Moe.

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learning for all ages with a goal of increasing personal learning options for students and expanding instructional opportunities for teachers and instructors. In addition, DigiLEARN will focus on cultivating an innovative economy for education technology start-ups and entrepreneurs with accountability for improved learning results. The DigiLEARN Board will begin this week by hosting a collaborative strategic planning conference with educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and technology experts. MLK Day events around Columbia

"The digital world is bringing us profound and rapid changes and it is revolutionizing education and the way we live," said Gov. Perdue. "Technology can power each education, so it's imperative that we give every child and adult across the nation access to cutting edge technology tools that can raise the quality of education. To do that we must support a climate where education innovation thrives and new ideas for learning can be tested."

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initiatives including the creation of the North Carolina Virtual Public School, improving K-3 diagnostic assessments using real-time technology tools, and the state's successful public-private partnership with MCNC to provide schools, community colleges, and universities with affordable broadband connectivity that scales to speeds up to 10 Gbps. This broadband collaboration is seen as a national model because North Carolina school districts now collectively use six times the bandwidth while expending essentially the same costs they did more than five years ago. In addition she led a number of economic initiatives in North Carolina to improve the business climate for innovators and entrepreneurs, including access to needed capital.

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DigiLEARN to Accelerate Digital Learning and Education Innovation PRWeb Today marks the official launch of the Digital Learning Institute known as DigiLEARN. The non-profit organization was founded and will be chaired by former North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue, with former Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer serving as vice chair. DigiLEARN will be dedicated to accelerating digital learning for all ages with a goal of increasing personal learning options for students and expanding instructional opportunities for teachers and instructors. In addition, DigiLEARN will focus on cultivating an innovative economy for education technology start-ups and entrepreneurs with accountability for improved learning results. The DigiLEARN Board will begin this week by hosting a collaborative strategic planning conference with educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and technology experts. "The digital world is bringing us profound and rapid changes and it is revolutionizing education and the way we live," said Gov. Perdue. "Technology can power each education, so it's imperative that we give every child and adult across the nation access to cutting edge technology tools that can raise the quality of education. To do that we must support a climate where education innovation thrives and new ideas for learning can be tested."

Perdue is the former Governor and Lt. Governor of North Carolina and led many education technology initiatives including the creation of the North Carolina Virtual Public School, improving K3 diagnostic assessments using real-time technology tools, and the state's successful public-private partnership with MCNC to provide schools, community colleges, and universities with affordable broadband connectivity that scales to speeds up to 10 Gbps. This broadband collaboration is seen as a national model because North Carolina school districts now collectively use six times the bandwidth while expending essentially the same costs they did more than five years ago. In addition she led a number of economic initiatives in North Carolina to improve the business climate for innovators and entrepreneurs, including access to needed capital. Gov. Geringer led the State of Wyoming from 1995-2003 and was focused on improving education through standards, accountability and technology. He is currently one of the founders and chair of the Board of Trustees for Western Governors University, a non-profit online university founded and supported by 19 U.S. governors that certifies competency based education. Geringer is a past chairman of the Education Commission of the States, and he served on John Glenn's National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century. He currently serves as the director of policy and public sector strategy of Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). "Technology is an enabler for access to education," said Gov. Geringer. "The more opportunities we give students for individualized learning the greater the chances we have of increasing our educational outcomes and preparing them for a technology-driven world. DigiLEARN will focus on engaging kids through timely innovations that they can use both in and out of the classroom. Teachers will be a key part of that focus."

http://markets.financialcontent.com/fayobserver/news/read/26209224/DigiLEARN_to_Accelerate_Digital_Learning_and_Education_Innovation DigiLEARN has received national support through initial planning grants. In addition to Geringer, Perdue will be joined on the DigiLEARN Board of Directors by one other former governor and nationally-recognized education, entrepreneurship and technology leaders. Bios can be seen at

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chairman of the Education Commission of the States, and he served on John Glenn's National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century. He currently serves as the director of policy and public sector strategy of Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI).

DigiLEARN to Accelerate Digital Learning and Education Innovation |     FayObserver.com ­ Business                                                                                 Page 3 of 5  "Technology is an enabler for access to education," said Gov. Geringer. "The more opportunities we give students for individualized learning the greater the chances we have of increasing our educational outcomes and preparing them for a technology-driven world. DigiLEARN will focus on engaging kids through timely innovations that they can use both in and out of the classroom. Teachers will be a key part of that focus." DigiLEARN has received national support through initial planning grants. In addition to Geringer, Perdue will be joined on the DigiLEARN Board of Directors by one other former governor and nationally-recognized education, entrepreneurship and technology leaders. Bios can be seen at digitallearninginstitute.org. Gov. Robert Wise - Former West Virginia Governor and President, Alliance for Excellent Education Washington, D.C. Craig Horn - State Representative, N.C. General Assembly Weddington, N.C. Joe Tolson - State Representative, N.C. General Assembly Pinetops, N.C. Susan Cates - President, UNC Executive Development and Exec. Dir. MBA@UNC, UNC-CH Chapel Hill, N.C. Joe Freddoso - President and CEO, MCNC RTP, N.C. Bob Geolas - President and CEO, Research Triangle Foundation RTP, N.C. Maurice Green - Superintendent, Guilford County Schools Greensboro, N.C. Tom Miller - Sr. Vice Provost, Academic Outreach and Entrepreneurship, N.C. State University Raleigh, N.C. Jane Smith Patterson - President, Jane Patterson and Associates Raleigh, N.C. Tom Vander Ark - CEO, Getting Smart Federal Way, Wash. John Wilson - Former Executive Director of National Educators Association Raleigh, N.C. Myra Best - Former Special Advisor on Education and Innovation to Gov. Perdue Raleigh, N.C. "This is a tremendous opportunity to lead this effort with others who are known and recognized across the country for their talent, success, and innovation. Their leadership will help identify and develop the best technology strategies and tools to improve educational opportunities for students and educators," said Perdue. In addition to the Board of Directors, DigiLEARN will be advised by nationally acclaimed leaders in education, innovation and technology, entrepreneurs, and digital learning researchers. ### Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11502304.htm PRWeb.com

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Salisbury (NC) Post 01/23/2014 "Ex-NC Gov. Perdue announces education tech effort" Audience: 121,609 Source Website: www.salisburypost.com Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 12:28 a.m. Tweet E-Mail Print RALEIGH (AP) " Former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue returned briefly Wednesday to the public stage after a year away by announcing her initiative to expand the scope and value of electronic technology for teaching students of all ages. Perdue, the founder and chairwoman of DigiLEARN, or the Digital Learning Institute, envisions the effort as bringing together teachers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and students to develop the most effective online or portable learning tools. The idea, Perdue said, is to determine how technology can best be used, then encourage companies or software engineers develop it for use in all classrooms. DigiLEARN "will help build a pathway so that we can scale digital learning all over the world," Perdue said at a news conference as the institute held a strategic planning meeting on the North Carolina State University campus. Such digital innovation also can lead to job creation, she added. Perdue, a Democrat from New Bern, was elected North Carolina's first female governor in 2008 and left office in January 2013 after choosing not to seek re-election. Since then, Perdue has spent time on the campuses of Harvard and Duke universities and started a consulting firm. Now the ex-governor says she'll give a lot of time to the institute, which is getting off the ground thanks to $450,000 in grants from the Carnegie Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The next steps are to flesh out the nonprofit foundation's work and raise additional funds. "This is a primary job for me because I want to see it succeed," Perdue said. Now age 67 and out of elected office for the first time in more than 25 years, Perdue has chosen to remain on the political sidelines as Republicans have run state government since she left the Executive Mansion. Fellow Democrats have complained GOP Gov. Pat McCrory and the legislature are reversing course on education. Save for praising words from McCrory this week on teacher pay increases, Perdue didn't want to comment on the past year in state government, saying it was a day to talk about digital learning. Perdue said McCrory and legislative leaders have spoken out in support of digital learning efforts. Perdue, a former public school teacher herself, was involved in digital learning expansion while governor and previously lieutenant governor. She helped in the creation of the North Carolina Virtual Public School, where tens of thousands of students take classes online, and promoted the use of hand-held devices for teachers to assess students.

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Perdue held the news conference with vice chairman and former Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer. He talked about how the Western Governors University " an online, accredited college founded by 19 governors and which he is a founder and current trustee board chairman " is a great example of how technology transforms education. Students work at their own pace and can be assessed for learning skills and concepts on a routine basis, not just at midterms and exam time. Young learners are engaged by technology found in smartphones and tablets, Geringer said. "If you can make that work in a classroom you've got the opportunity for 'discovery learning' that every child gets very excited about," he said. The DigiLEARN board includes, among others, former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise, former National Education Association executive director John Wilson and the CEOs of the Research Triangle Foundation and broadband infrastructure provider MCNC. Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Audience provided by Nielsen/NetRatings Highlights: NC, NORTH CAROLINA, nc, North Carolina, MCNC

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Raleigh (NC) News & Observer 01/23/2014 "Former NC Gov. Perdue announces education tech effort" Audience: 1,081,629 Author: Gary D. Robertson Source Website: www.newsobserver.com Former NC Gov. Perdue announces education tech effort By GARY D. ROBERTSON Associated Press January 22, 2014 Updated 3 hours ago RALEIGH, N.C. " Former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue returned briefly Wednesday to the public stage after a year away by announcing her initiative to expand the scope and value of electronic technology for teaching students of all ages. Perdue, the founder and chairwoman of DigiLEARN, or the Digital Learning Institute, envisions the effort as bringing together teachers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and students to develop the most effective online or portable learning tools. The idea, Perdue said, is to determine how technology can best be used, then encourage companies or software engineers develop it for use in all classrooms. DigiLEARN will help build a pathway so that we can scale digital learning all over the world, Perdue said at a news conference as the institute held a strategic planning meeting on the North Caroilna State University campus. Such digital innovation also can lead to job creation, she added. Perdue, a Democrat from New Bern, was elected North Carolina's first female governor in 2008 and left office in January 2013 after choosing not to seek re-election. Since then, Perdue has spent time on the campuses of Harvard and Duke universities and started a consulting firm. Now the ex-governor says she'll give a lot of time to the institute, which is getting off the ground thanks to $450,000 in grants from the Carnegie Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The next steps are to flesh out the nonprofit foundation's work and raise additional funds. This is a primary job for me because I want to see it succeed, Perdue said. Now age 67 and out of elected office for the first time in more than 25 years, Perdue has chosen to remain on the political sidelines as Republicans have run state government since she left the Executive Mansion. Fellow Democrats have complained GOP Gov. Pat McCrory and the legislature are reversing course on education. Save for praising words from McCrory this week on teacher pay increases, Perdue didn't want to comment on the past year in state government, saying it was a day to talk about digital learning. I politely decline, she said. Perdue said McCrory and legislative leaders have spoken out in support of digital learning efforts. Perdue, a former public school teacher herself, was involved in digital learning expansion while governor and previously lieutenant governor. She helped in the creation of the North Carolina Virtual Public School, where tens of thousands of students take classes online, and promoted the use of hand-held devices for teachers to assess students. Perdue held the news conference with vice chairman and former Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer. He 1


talked about how the Western Governors University -- an online, accredited college founded by 19 governors and which he is a founder and current trustee board chairman -- is a great example of how technology transforms education. Students work at their own pace and can be assessed for learning skills and concepts on a routine basis, not just at midterms and exam time. Young learners are engaged by technology found in smartphones and tablets, Geringer said. If you can make that work in a classroom you've got the opportunity for 'discovery learning' that every child gets very excited about, he said. The DigiLEARN board includes, among others, former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise, former National Education Association executive director John Wilson and the CEOs of the Research Triangle Foundation and broadband infrastructure provider MCNC. Wednesday's scheduled speakers included former Gov. Jim Hunt and venture capital company founder Michael Moe. Copyright 2014 The_Associated_Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Facebook Twitter Google Plus Reddit E-mail Print Order a reprint of this story Join The Conversation News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts. Commenting FAQs Terms of Service (c) 2014 www.newsobserver.com and wire service sources. All Rights Reserved.http://www.newsobserver.com Audience provided by Nielsen/NetRatings Highlights: NC, NORTH CAROLINA, nc, N.C, North Carolina, MCNC

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Daily Dispatch (Henderson,NC) 01/22/2014 "Perdue announces initiative for students" Audience: 7,990 Source Website: www.hendersondispatch.com Perdue announces initiative for students Jan. 22, 2014 @ 09:50 PM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Login Register RALEIGH " Former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue returned briefly Wednesday to the public stage after a year away by announcing her initiative to expand the scope and value of electronic technology for teaching students of all ages. Perdue, the founder and chairwoman of DigiLEARN, or the Digital Learning Institute, envisions the effort as bringing together teachers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and students to develop the most effective online or portable learning tools. The idea, Perdue said, is to determine how technology can best be used, then encourage companies or software engineers develop it for use in all classrooms. DigiLEARN will help build a pathway so that we can scale digital learning all over the world, Perdue said at a news conference as the institute held a strategic planning meeting on the North Caroilna State University campus. Such digital innovation also can lead to job creation, she added. Perdue, a Democrat from New Bern, was elected North Carolina's first female governor in 2008 and left office in January 2013 after choosing not to seek re-election. Since then, Perdue has spent time on the campuses of Harvard and Duke universities and started a consulting firm. Now the ex-governor says she'll give a lot of time to the institute, which is getting off the ground thanks to $450,000 in grants from the Carnegie Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The next steps are to flesh out the nonprofit foundation's work and raise additional funds. This is a primary job for me because I want to see it succeed, Perdue said. Now age 67 and out of elected office for the first time in more than 25 years, Perdue has chosen to remain on the political sidelines as Republicans have run state government since she left the Executive Mansion. Fellow Democrats have complained GOP Gov. Pat McCrory and the legislature are reversing course on education. Save for praising words from McCrory this week on teacher pay increases, Perdue didn't want to comment on the past year in state government, saying it was a day to talk about digital learning. I politely decline, she said. Perdue said McCrory and legislative leaders have spoken out in support of digital learning efforts. Perdue, a former public school teacher herself, was involved in digital learning expansion while governor and previously lieutenant governor. She helped in the creation of the North Carolina Virtual Public School, where tens of thousands of students take classes online, and promoted the use of hand-held devices for teachers to assess students. 1


Perdue held the news conference with vice chairman and former Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer. He talked about how the Western Governors University " an online, accredited college founded by 19 governors and which he is a founder and current trustee board chairman " is a great example of how technology transforms education. Students work at their own pace and can be assessed for learning skills and concepts on a routine basis, not just at midterms and exam time. Young learners are engaged by technology found in smartphones and tablets, Geringer said. If you can make that work in a classroom you've got the opportunity for 'discovery learning' that every child gets very excited about, he said. The DigiLEARN board includes, among others, former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise, former National Education Association executive director John Wilson and the CEOs of the Research Triangle Foundation and broadband infrastructure provider MCNC. Wednesday's scheduled speakers included former Gov. Jim Hunt and venture capital company founder Michael Moe. News Sports Features Opinion Obituaries Calendar Archives Classifieds Contact Us Find Jobs NCCARZ E-edition Terms (c) 2014 The Daily Dispatch Audience provided by Nielsen/NetRatings Highlights: NC, NORTH CAROLINA, North Carolina, MCNC

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DigiLEARN "will help build a pathway so that we can scale digital learning all over the world," Perdue said at a news conference as the institute held a strategic planning meeting on the North Caroilna State University campus. Such digital innovation also can lead to job creation, she added. Perdue, a Democrat from New Bern, was elected North Carolina's first female governor in 2008 and left office in January 2013 after choosing not to seek reelection. Since then, Perdue has spent time on the campuses of Harvard and Duke universities and started a consulting firm. Now the ex-governor says she'll give a lot of time to the institute, which is getting off the ground thanks to $450,000 in grants from the Carnegie Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The next steps are to flesh out the nonprofit foundation's work and raise additional funds. "This is a primary job for me because I want to see it succeed," Perdue said. Now age 67 and out of elected office for the first time in more than 25 years, Perdue has chosen to remain on the political sidelines as Republicans have run state government since she left the Executive Mansion. Fellow Democrats have complained GOP Gov. Pat McCrory and the legislature are reversing course on education. Save for praising words from McCrory this week on teacher pay increases, Perdue didn't want to comment on the past year in state government, saying it was a day to talk about digital learning. "I politely decline," she said. Perdue said McCrory and legislative leaders have spoken out in support of digital learning efforts. Perdue, a former public school teacher herself, was involved in digital learning expansion while governor and previously lieutenant governor. She helped in the creation of the North Carolina Virtual Public School, where tens of thousands of students take classes online, and promoted the use of hand-held devices for http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=9403629 teachers to assess students. Perdue held the news conference with vice chairman and former Wyoming Gov.

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Perdue held the news conference with vice chairman and former Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer. He talked about how the Western Governors University -- an online, accredited college founded by 19 governors and which he is a founder and current trustee board chairman -- is a great example of how technology transforms education. Students work at their own pace and can be assessed for learning skills and concepts on a routine basis, not just at midterms and exam time. Young learners are engaged by technology found in smartphones and tablets, Geringer said. If you can make that work in a classroom you've got the opportunity for 'discovery learning' that every child gets very excited about, he said. The DigiLEARN board includes, among others, former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise, former National Education Association executive director John Wilson and the CEOs of the Research Triangle Foundation and broadband infrastructure provider MCNC. Wednesday's scheduled speakers included former Gov. Jim Hunt and venture capital company founder Michael Moe. Copyright 2014 The_Associated_Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Audience provided by Nielsen/NetRatings Highlights: NC, NORTH CAROLINA, nc, N.C, North Carolina, MCNC

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PRWeb Today marks the official launch of the Digital Learning Institute known as DigiLEARN. The non-profit organization was founded and will be chaired by former North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue, with former Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer serving as vice chair. DigiLEARN will be dedicated to accelerating digital learning for all ages with a goal of increasing personal learning options for students and expanding instructional opportunities for teachers and instructors. In addition, DigiLEARN will focus on

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cultivating an innovative economy for education technology start-ups and entrepreneurs with accountability for improved learning results. The DigiLEARN Board will begin this week by hosting a collaborative strategic planning conference with educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and technology experts. "The digital world is bringing us profound and rapid changes and it is revolutionizing education and the way we live," said Gov. Perdue. "Technology can power each education, so it's imperative that we

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give every child and adult across the nation access to cutting edge technology tools that can raise the quality of education. To do that we must support a climate where education innovation thrives and new ideas for learning can be tested."

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http://markets.financialcontent.com/mi.myrtlebeach/news/read/26209224/DigiLEARN_to_Accelerate_Digital_Learning_and_Education_Innovation "Technology is an enabler for access to education," said Gov. Geringer. "The more opportunities we give students for individualized learning the greater the chances we have of increasing our

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DigiLEARN to Accelerate Digital Learning and Education Innovation PRWeb Today marks the official launch of the Digital Learning Institute known as DigiLEARN. The non-profit organization was founded and will be chaired by former North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue, with former Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer serving as vice chair. DigiLEARN will be dedicated to accelerating digital learning for all ages with a goal of increasing personal learning options for students and expanding instructional opportunities for teachers and instructors. In addition, DigiLEARN will focus on cultivating an innovative economy for education technology start-ups and entrepreneurs with accountability for improved learning results. The DigiLEARN Board will begin this week by hosting a collaborative strategic planning conference with educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and technology experts. "The digital world is bringing us profound and rapid changes and it is revolutionizing education and the way we live," said Gov. Perdue. "Technology can power each education, so it's imperative that we give every child and adult across the nation access to cutting edge technology tools that can raise the quality of education. To do that we must support a climate where education innovation thrives and new ideas for learning can be tested."

Perdue is the former Governor and Lt. Governor of North Carolina and led many education technology initiatives including the creation of the North Carolina Virtual Public School, improving K-3 diagnostic assessments using real-time technology tools, and the state's successful public-private partnership with MCNC to provide schools, community colleges, and universities with affordable broadband connectivity that scales to speeds up to 10 Gbps. This broadband collaboration is seen as a national model because North Carolina school districts now collectively use six times the bandwidth while expending essentially the same costs they did more than five years ago. In addition she led a number of economic initiatives in North Carolina to improve the business climate for innovators and entrepreneurs, including access to needed capital. Gov. Geringer led the State of Wyoming from 1995-2003 and was focused on improving education through standards, accountability and technology. He is currently one of the founders and chair of the Board of Trustees for Western Governors University, a non-profit online university founded and supported by 19 U.S. governors that certifies competency based education. Geringer is a past chairman of the Education Commission of the States, and he served on John Glenn's

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Perdue is the former Governor and Lt. Governor of North Carolina and led many education technology initiatives including the creation of the North Carolina Virtual Public School, improving K-3 diagnostic assessments using real-time technology tools, and the state's successful public-private partnership with MCNC to provide schools, community colleges, and universities with affordable broadband connectivity

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of the Education Commission of the States, and he served on John Glenn's National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century. He currently serves as the director of policy and public sector strategy of Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). "Technology is an enabler for access to education," said Gov. Geringer. "The more opportunities we give students for individualized learning the greater the chances we have of increasing our educational outcomes and preparing them for a technology-driven world. DigiLEARN will focus on engaging kids through timely innovations that they can use both in and out of the classroom. Teachers will be a key part of that focus." DigiLEARN has received national support through initial planning grants. In addition to Geringer, Perdue will be joined on the DigiLEARN Board of Directors by one other former governor and nationallyrecognized education, entrepreneurship and technology leaders. Bios can be seen at digitallearninginstitute.org. Gov. Robert Wise - Former West Virginia Governor and President, Alliance for Excellent Education Washington, D.C. Craig Horn - State Representative, N.C. General Assembly Weddington, N.C. Joe Tolson - State Representative, N.C. General Assembly Pinetops, N.C. Susan Cates - President, UNC Executive Development and Exec. Dir. MBA@UNC, UNC-CH Chapel Hill, N.C. Joe Freddoso - President and CEO, MCNC RTP, N.C. Bob Geolas - President and CEO, Research Triangle Foundation RTP, N.C. Maurice Green - Superintendent, Guilford County Schools Greensboro, N.C. Tom Miller - Sr. Vice Provost, Academic Outreach and Entrepreneurship, N.C. State University Raleigh, N.C. Jane Smith Patterson - President, Jane Patterson and Associates Raleigh, N.C. Tom Vander Ark - CEO, Getting Smart Federal Way, Wash. John Wilson - Former Executive Director of National Educators Association Raleigh, N.C. Myra Best - Former Special Advisor on Education and Innovation to Gov. Perdue Raleigh, N.C. "This is a tremendous opportunity to lead this effort with others who are known and recognized across the country for their talent, success, and innovation. Their leadership will help identify and develop the best technology strategies and tools to improve educational opportunities for students and educators," said Perdue. In addition to the Board of Directors, DigiLEARN will be advised by nationally acclaimed leaders in education, innovation and technology, entrepreneurs, and digital learning researchers. ### Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11502304.htm PRWeb.com

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Rocky Mount (NC) Telegram 01/23/2014 "Ex-Gov. Perdue announces education tech effort" Audience: 30,149 Source Website: www.rockymounttelegram.com Ex-Gov. Perdue announces education tech effort Wednesday, January 22, 2014 RALEIGH " Former N.C. Gov. Beverly Perdue returned briefly Wednesday to the public stage after a year away by announcing her initiative to expand the scope and value of electronic technology for teaching students of all ages. Perdue, the founder and chairwoman of DigiLEARN, or the Digital Learning Institute, envisions the effort as bringing together teachers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and students to develop the most effective online or portable learning tools. The idea, Perdue said, is to determine how technology can best be used, then encourage companies or software engineers develop it for use in all classrooms. DigiLEARN "will help build a pathway so that we can scale digital learning all over the world," Perdue said at a news conference as the institute held a strategic planning meeting on the North Caroilna State University campus. Such digital innovation also can lead to job creation, she added. Perdue, a Democrat from New Bern, was elected North Carolina's first female governor in 2008 and left office in January 2013 after choosing not to seek re-election. Since then, Perdue has spent time on the campuses of Harvard and Duke universities and started a consulting firm. Now the ex-governor says she'll give a lot of time to the institute, which is getting off the ground thanks to $450,000 in grants from the Carnegie Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The next steps are to flesh out the nonprofit foundation's work and raise additional funds. "This is a primary job for me because I want to see it succeed," Perdue said. Now age 67 and out of elected office for the first time in more than 25 years, Perdue has chosen to remain on the political sidelines as Republicans have run state government since she left the Executive Mansion. Fellow Democrats have complained GOP Gov. Pat McCrory and the legislature are reversing course on education. Save for praising words from McCrory this week on teacher pay increases, Perdue didn't want to comment on the past year in state government, saying it was a day to talk about digital learning. "I politely decline," she said. Perdue said McCrory and legislative leaders have spoken out in support of digital learning efforts. Perdue, a former public school teacher herself, was involved in digital learning expansion while governor and previously lieutenant governor. She helped in the creation of the North Carolina Virtual Public School, where tens of thousands of students take classes online, and promoted the use of hand-held devices for teachers to assess students. Perdue held the news conference with vice chairman and former Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer. He talked about how the Western Governors University " an online, accredited college founded by 19 governors and which he is a founder and current trustee board chairman " is a great example of 1


how technology transforms education. Students work at their own pace and can be assessed for learning skills and concepts on a routine basis, not just at midterms and exam time. Young learners are engaged by technology found in smartphones and tablets, Geringer said. "If you can make that work in a classroom you've got the opportunity for 'discovery learning' that every child gets very excited about," he said. The DigiLEARN board includes, among others, former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise, former National Education Association executive director John Wilson and the CEOs of the Research Triangle Foundation and broadband infrastructure provider MCNC. Wednesday's scheduled speakers included former Gov. Jim Hunt and venture capital company founder Michael Moe. Audience provided by Nielsen/NetRatings Highlights: NC, NORTH CAROLINA, N.C, North Carolina, MCNC

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