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which was attended by the leaders of virtually all the political parties, "Its not just about technology.This is about having teachers be highly effective and highly engaged with students to close academic gaps" Iredell-Statesville didn’t have to look far to see the potential The neighboring Mooresville Graded School District has been hailed as a national model for the future of technology-aided public education since it made the digital jump in 2009 Last year President Obama chose the district as the site of his announcement of a new federal program to connect nearly all American schools to high-speed Internet during which he praised Mooresvilles digital classrooms Yet while the district’s academic improvement since the digital switch has been substantial it is not a particularly representative model for the rest of the nation Mooresville is a relatively small district of eight schools and 6000 students Just next door Iredell-Statesville with 36 schools and nearly 21000 students offers a more realistic portrait of the potential and challenges for larger school districts attempting to navigate the digital conversion Iredell-Statesville pulls students from a bucolic cross-section of NASCAR country a mix of kids from of suburban enclaves and rural farm communities It’s predominantly white though not entirely — nearly 69 percent of students identify as white 14 percent as black and 11 percent as Latino according to the districts most recent enrollment figures And it is not wealthy Nearly half of students are eligible for free- or reduced-price lunch a measure of poverty The achievement gaps among black Latino and limited-English students are significant says Melanie Taylor associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction In 2012-2013 only 47 percent of black students and 50 percent of Latino students in grades four through eight scored proficient on math and reading end-of-grade tests compared to 78 percent of white students In that same year only 13 percent of black students and 22 percent of Latino students in 11th grade scored above average on the ACT compared to 53 percent of white students Digital resources had been scant The school lacked the money to truly integrate technology into the classroom and the early efforts were hampered by painfully slow school Internet connections But that began to change in December 2012 when the district was awarded the $20 million Race to the Top grant by the Department of Education By June 2013 the district had hired 15 full-time blended learning coaches to train and support teachers in the transition to digital and personalized instruction Parents were required to pay a $20 technology usage fee for each student receiving a laptop In September the fee will rise to $50 though low-income families can request a hardship fee waiver District officials called their program IMPACT short for Innovative Methods for Personalizing Academics Complemented by Technology The first step for teachers was understanding the concept Last September before any MacBooks were handed out the blended learning coaches began training teachers on how to form small groups or "stations" in the classroom and creating digital lesson plans tailored for each student "A lot of it was understanding what blended learning is" says Erin Walle a blended learning coach at North Iredell Middle School "Its understanding that this is personalized learning Its not just putting a student in front of a computer I think that was the fear" Not everyone was on board In February about a month before the laptop distribution East Iredell Middle School Principal Jimmy Elliott held a parent meeting on the laptop plan and was caught off guard when some said they were against it "There are games videos music and other things on there and I didnt want him abusing it" says Sissy Shew whose grandson attends East Iredell Elliott says he was able to allay most concerns by explaining that teachers used filters to block certain sites in class and would instruct parents on how to do the same at home But he wishes he had made a stronger case at the outset "If I could go back I would do a better job of educating parents as to what benefit or how much benefit these devices can have in the classroom" Elliott says "Because we saw immediate change in the way our kids were engaged I mean it was immediate" Some teachers especially those with more experience also struggled with the changes and questioned why technology was being "mandated" by the district according to school officials "The learning curve is significant for some teachers depending on their comfort level with technology" says Meyer the English and Language Arts teacher "But in the end it makes teaching easier I enjoy the creativity it brings into my classroom” Across the four middle schools where students have been given laptops blended learning takes on several different forms On recent morning at Mt Mourne International Baccalaureate Middle School Spanish teacher Victoria Principe divides her class into three groups One conjugates verbs online using the site conjuguemoscom; another busily types as they translate a handout on Costa Rica and Principe sits with a smaller group engaged in Spanish conversation At East Iredell Middle School Michell Fandino 13 is a digital learning success story For Michell whose parents immigrated to North Carolina from Colombia math was a weakness and she was close to failing in June But after about two months with her new laptop the chatty seventh grader with long dark hair smiles widely and says she is now getting "As" The secret Michell said the digital drills on the MobyMax math program allowed her to review problems independently in class and at home until she understood them "The laptop makes it fun so it makes you want to work more" she says "The teacher cant just keep going back for you she has to keep on going with the whole class So with the laptop I keep working until I get it" East Iredell seventh grader Andrew Johnson says the ease of emailing assignments has helped boost his average "I would always lose my homework" he says "With the laptop theres no way to lose it. 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