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Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 11:41am

Teachers Can Maintain Certification with Online Classes

Many Georgia public school teachers can now take the classes they need to maintain their certification online.

It's one of two resources Georgia's head of public education announced today.

State Superintendent Kathy Cox launched PBS Teacherline at Kennesaw Mountain High School in Cobb County, north of Atlanta. Right now, 23 classes in English and Math are available. State-wide teacher sign up begins tomorrow.

Cox says the national program hasn't cost Georgia tax payers a dime, but it could save schools time and money.

She says there's no college tuition and teachers can take the classes at home.

"For the first time, teachers in Georgia are going to be able to get up on a Saturday morning, stay in a robe or pajamas, pour a cup of coffee and sit down in the comfort of their own home and get some professional learning done."

Cox also launched Thinkfinity, sponsored by Verizon. It's an on-line databank of lesson plans and exercises synced up with Georgia's K-12 curriculum.

Cox says it will save teachers from having to filter through the plethora of information on the web.