Mooresville students welcomed back with high-tech tool

Carson Mulvehill works on one of the school's new netbooks.
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MOORESVILLE - For hundreds of students in Mooresville schools, there is new technology available this year to keep them up to speed.

Carson Mulvehill has something brand new to help her during her first year at Mooresville High School.

"Well, I thought it was pretty cool, because, I mean, it's gonna be a lot easier to be able to study and get work down," Mulvehill said.

She is one of more than 700 8th and 9th graders who picked up laptops that wirelessly connect to the Internet. Where ever students go, they can log on and connect to their class work.

"I think the greatest difference is the built in air card with Internet access, so wherever the student is that's covered by Verizon, they'll have Internet access," said Bob Sendelbach, Mooresville technology director.

The need for wireless connectivity was determined when the school system took a survey of students and their parents. It determined that only one out of every four students had access to high-speed Internet.

Mooresville used grant money to partner with Verizon Wireless. The netbooks will limit access to educational sites. The primary website is called

"They have developed a Facebook for education and it's a space where teachers and educators from around the world can put their content," Sendelbach said.

Outside sites, like Facebook are blocked, keeping students on task. Parents welcome the upgrade in educational technology.

"I think it's phenomenal. I really do. Whether it's kids who don't even have access to a computer at home, it's unbelievable the benefits we're gonna see in the next year," said Mulvehill's mother, Pam.

Mooresville says it will closely monitor student activity online to determine the value of the laptop program. If it meets their expectations, it could expand to upperclassmen.