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Educators from across U.S. in Mooresville this week

MOORESVILLE Four hundred educators from across the nation are in Mooresville today through Thursday to learn how to digitally convert their school systems.

The Mooresville Graded School District has been recognized as a national model in digital learning due to its digital conversion and high academic achievement rates.

As a result, Mooresville Superintendent Mark Edwards was named national Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators earlier this year, and President Obama visited Mooresville Middle School in June.

During his visit, Obama unveiled a plan to connect nearly every U.S. classroom to high-speed broadband and wireless Internet over the next five years.

He said the plan would use money already budgeted and would not require authorization or approval by Congress. And he billed it as a way to boost graduation rates and turn out students more prepared for tech-related careers.

In the Mooresville district, every student from fourth grade to 12th grade is issued a MacBook Air to use at school and to take home. Classrooms use laptops, iPads and interactive whiteboards.

Tanae McLean, spokeswoman for the Mooresville Graded School District, said the district’s achievements have made it “a lighthouse district for other schools across the nation wanting to replicate what Mooresville is doing with educational technology.”

For the past three years, representatives from districts across the nation have traveled to what the Mooresville district calls its Summer Connection conference to learn more about how to properly implement a digital conversion in their districts.

In its fourth year, the conference is once again sold out with 400 educators and partners attending this week at the Charles Mack Citizen Center on North Main Street downtown.

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