3,400 MOORE COUNTY STUDENTS TO GET LAPTOPS AS PART OF DIGITAL LEARNING INITIATIVE
About 3,400 students in Moore County schools will get laptop computers by next week as part of the school system's Digital Learning Initiative.
School officials delivered Hewlett-Packard Chromebooks to students at New Century Middle School Monday. Students in grades six through eight at Highfalls and Westmoore elementary schools and students at Crain's Creek Middle, Elise Middle, North Moore High and Union Pines High schools will get computers by March 26.
The deliveries will complete the second phase of the digital effort, which is scheduled to provide computers to every student in the school system by the 2015-16 school year.
Superintendent Aaron Spence said schools already are seeing benefits from the first phase of the effort, which started in the 2012-13 school year. School officials say they have more engaged students, better attendance, fewer discipline referrals and learning opportunities that never existed before, he said.
The school board approved the lease of the devices recently at a cost of about $1.1 million, which is about $344 per computer. School officials held pilot programs involving several computers over the past year and a half to find most economical choice while still meeting instructional needs.
Bill Moore, a teacher at Union Pines, took part in the pilot project since the beginning of this school year, according to a statement released by school officials.
"After 27 years of teaching I feel this is my best year ever," he said. "The quality of instruction is the best with the tools we are using. I would never want to teach without access to laptops again."