Alabaster teachers recognized for digital literacy efforts

ALABASTER — Teachers from the Alabaster City School System were recognized by Learning.com on March 5 for their efforts in implementing a pilot program to meet new digital education standards for the state.

The program was conceived last year as a collaboration between Alabaster City Schools and Learning.com to coincide with the implementation of the Alabama Digital Literacy and Computer Science Course of Study which requires schools to meet certain standards of digital education.

Learning.com sent their representative Michelle Spence to speak on the importance of digital literacy and to reward the teachers participating in the program.

“There’s a big shift to have teachers who are so used to teaching specific content to then integrate technology into their classes,” said Spence. “We want to reward and recognize the teachers here that have really made a commitment to teaching digital literacy.”

Spence met with teachers from Thompson Sixth Grade Center, Thompson Intermediate, Meadow View Elementary and Creek View Elementary and presented them with a certificate and gift.

The lessons were crafted for teachers to help students focus on important skills like keyboarding, coding, online safety and digital citizenship according to Kellie Peavy, data administrator for ACS.

“For a teacher to be successful they have to realize they are still learners too. I think it’s powerful for the students to see them learning the skill too,” said Peavy.

The teachers recognized for implementing the program were Steve Benton, Helen Dotson, Lynda Glass, Frankie Grice, Heather Lang, Greg Ragland, Meagan Sharp, Elise Skellie, Jessica Walden and Terri Wright.