Sunday, February 26, 2012

Mooresville - one laptop per child

This is an interesting article on the Mooresville School District laptop programme for students.  There's information that will both excite and frighten teachers as we look towards giving our students every chance of academic success.

To excite
The district’s graduation rate was 91 percent in 2011, up from 80 percent in 2008. On state tests in reading, math and science, an average of 88 percent of students across grades and subjects met proficiency standards, compared with 73 percent three years ago. Attendance is up, dropouts are down. Mooresville ranks 100th out of 115 districts in North Carolina in terms of dollars spent per student — $7,415.89 a year — but it is now third in test scores and second in graduation rates.

To frighten
Sixty-five jobs were eliminated, including 37 teachers, which resulted in larger class sizes — in middle schools, it is 30 instead of 18 — but district officials say they can be more efficiently managed because of the technology.

One thing that the articles makes clear to me is the need for teachers to up-skill themselves with the ability to use technology to enhance learning.  Without doing so they may find that, like last year's technology, they become obsolete.

To read the article in full, click here.

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