Gov. McCrory tours Greene Co. Middle School to learn about latest tech in classroom

SNOW HILL, N.C. (WNCT) – Students at a local middle school spent the day showing off their skills to Governor Pat McCrory.

He feels it’s important for classrooms to have the latest technology. It’s one of the Governor’s main goals, which is why he visited Greene County Middle School.

The teachers are letting technology lead the way in the classroom.

Students showed McCrory how technology helps them learn. He says it’s his goal for all schools in North Carolina to have wi-fi and access to the latest technological advancements, which are all things essential for getting a job.

“Adapting learning to what the marketplace needs. And If we don’t do that, the students aren’t going to have jobs after they graduate,” said McCrory.

Greene County Middle School showed off their latest addition, a STEM lab.

“The stem program is kind of an advanced program with hands-on learning. It incorporates a lot of collaboration among the students and it’s just a different way of learning for the students and for the teachers to teach,” said Principal Diane Blackman.

In order for the students to learn through technology, teachers must know how to effectively implement it.

McCrory said it’s just as important to teach the teachers, as it is to teach students. “We’re a rural community and we really do have left to bring a different focus for our students, change it up for them and get them out and about and prepare them for college and careers.”

Many students don’t have technology, or even wi-fi, at home. Having it in schools is essential.

Governor McCrory said over two years ago, only 20-percent of North Carolina schools had wi-fi. Today, it’s installed in 60-percent of schools.

His goal is for all schools to have wi-fi by 2018.

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