Mooresville public schools are no stranger to national recognition. This past year, President Barack Obama visited Mooresville to recognize their achievement in technology in the classrooms and Superintendent Dr. Mark Edwards was named National Superintendent of the Year. But it didn't stop there.
Edwards was recently named Educator of the Year by Common Sense Media, a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization, in a Washington, D.C. ceremony. He was chosen for pioneering "one-on-one computing in schools," - which means that there is a computer for every student.
“It’s really a major step in moving towards the future,” Edwards said.
In a second grade classroom at Park View Elementary, students were working on MacBooks, practicing math on a large touch screen and learning to count coins on an interactive game table.
“It’s a lot of fun,” second-grader, Shamylyn Davis said. “It has a lot of games on it so you can learn faster.”
Every student at Park View has some sort of the computer in the classroom. Kindergarten through third grade have MacBooks that they use only at school while fourth graders and up have MacBook Airs that they take home with them.
“They do a lot more than the other computers because they are updated,” said Vivian White, who is also in the second grade.
Mooresville has managed to stay on top of cutting edge technology, despite district ranking of 114 out of 115 in the state for funding. The school district has $7,200 that they budget per student per year. They have taken $200 of that budget per child and put it towards the advancement of technology in their classrooms.
“We are going to dedicate that to the students and that provides all of our students with the laptops, the online content and the maintenance,” said Edwards. “So it’s really very do-able.”