President Obama’s announcement today is a major step toward bringing our nation’s classrooms into the 21st century. A modernized e-rate program will lay the groundwork for connected classrooms across the country, where students have digital textbooks and access to libraries of information at their fingertips. This will help our children and grandchildren prepare for an ‘Internet of Everything’ future where technology is integrated into all aspects of work and life.
Under the leadership and vision of Mooresville Graded School District superintendent Dr. Mark Edwards, the Mooresville Middle School where the President made his announcement is a model for how technology can transform a classroom. We at Cisco stand ready to work with the Obama Administration and the FCC to replicate this model around the country.
“So Dr. Edwards, can you explain to the audience what’s behind the success you’ve had at Mooresville, in implementing technology that has so changed students lives?” The question was posed by Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Policy in the Office of Science and Technology. Kalil was moderating a panel of distinguished educators and technologists – and the venue? A White House conference called on creating more access for technology in US K-12 schools.
I was not at all surprised to see Dr. Edwards on the White House stage on this beautiful fall day. In fact I saw all this coming when I first visited the tiny hamlet of Mooresville, North Carolina, back in April of this year. The more classrooms I was pulled into, the more kids I saw “leaning in”, the more the “buzz” reflected off the cinder hallway walls…the more I figured there was to the Mooresville story.