Laptops, iPads, and smart phones are moving into high school classrooms faster than students can text “Lol.” Transforming the way students and teachers interact with information, these technologies are shaping the classroom of the future.
U.S.News & World Report is recognizing high schools leading the charge with its first ranking of the country’s Most Connected Classrooms. We surveyed schools from our most recent Best High Schools rankings, published in December 2009, to gauge their connectivity. Of the 301 schools that responded, 185 scored well enough on the survey to be ranked.
Crooms Academy of Information and Technology claimed the top spot in the inaugural ranking. The Sanford, Florida magnet school has more than 1,100 computers, and gives each of its 601 students a Dell laptop to use for the year. Students at Crooms use these laptops to interact with digital whiteboards in nearly every classroom.
The school scored an 88 out of 100 on a “Connectivity Index” that takes into account student-to-computer ratios, Internet speed, technical support staff, and digital learning labs.
Article written by Kelsey Sheehy Produced by US News & World Report