Ex-Gov. Perdue to lead digital learning effort

Posted January 22, 2014

— Former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue is returning to the education policy arena after a one-year hiatus largely away from public life.

Perdue and former Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer announced the start of an initiative to expand the use of electronic technology to improve the learning process. Perdue will serve as chairwoman of the Digital Learning Institute, or DigiLEARN.

DigiLEARN will be different from other digital learning ventures, she said, because it will bring together entrepreneurs and venture capitalists with educators and policymakers to develop online and mobile education tools for learners of all ages, from preschool to adult.

"You know there's some student on N.C. State's campus right now who is on the computer figuring out the latest app," she said, adding DigiLEARN wants to create incentives for entrepreneurs "to take the idea to scale through beta testing it with live kids because educators and kids are going to be involved in that."

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching have committed nearly $500,000 to the project, "which means we've been sponsored by the big players in America around educational innovation and technology," she said.

Perdue thanked Gov. Pat McCrory's administration and legislative leaders for their continued support for digital education initiatives. She also said she was pleased to hear McCrory express support Tuesday for teacher raises.

North Carolina's first female governor, she chose not to run for re-election in 2012. Since leaving office a year ago, the Craven County Democrat has spent time on the campuses of Harvard and Duke universities.

DigiLEARN won't be her full-time job, she said, noting that she has some other projects underway, including a consulting firm, Perdue Strategies Group.


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  • doright Jan 22, 2014

    This company is registered in the Secretary of State's Office to Governor Perdue's former education person Myra Best.

  • tatermommy52 Jan 22, 2014

    How did NC education fare when she was governor.

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Jan 22, 2014

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  • Justic4All Jan 22, 2014

    Bev and a guy from Wyoming where the half of the people who get online still listen for modem tone. Great pairing for an obvious feel good project. I feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing Bev is running this educational show. I think I'll vote for McCrory or the nearest GOP candidate I can find. Nice people them Republicans.

  • smurph92703 Jan 22, 2014

    Keep this woman out of our kids schools and classrooms! Common Core x confused students & parents = failing grades!

  • btneast Jan 22, 2014

    [bGuess what? When kids take tests in online classrooms, they get to use their books. How do you know a kid really knows something if he's reading it right at that moment out of a book?][/b] LOL, my high school drafting teacher's test were all open book. His methodology was he wanted us to know how to get and use the information, not necessarily memorize it.

  • computer trainer Jan 22, 2014

    I thought she was going to Harvard and be the #1 leaning professor there. What happened? Did they take a look at her CV and say, TANKS, but NO TANKS?

  • Steve Mchugelarge Jan 22, 2014

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    you lost get over it. Make sure you have yoru ID so you can vote out the guy who brought jobs here

  • Steve Mchugelarge Jan 22, 2014

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    Isnt that where 2+2 can equal potato but as long as you get the gist of the lesson you get to pass to the next grade?
    Its just as bad if not worse than NCLB, but its nice to know that the future of the country is in the capable hands of dullards with high self esteem.

  • Steve Mchugelarge Jan 22, 2014

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    there are some ideas already in process where people can go to "global classrooms." Thats progress whether you like it or not, you dont get to cherry pick it to further a specific agenda