Funding, Grants & Awards
Top Digital Schools Recognized
1-to-1 laptop initiatives, STEM curricula and flipped
classrooms were the winning combinations in the past year, according to
School Districts Survey.
The survey, conducted by the National
Association and the Center
for Digital Education, recognizes those school
boards and districts who are making extraordinary use of technology to
the learning environment and district operations.
Three first-place winners were recognized in
categories, based on student enrollment.
In the category for districts with 12,000 or more
the Roanoke County Public Schools in Virginia was recognized because of
1-to-1 laptop program it has had in place for the last 13 years. With
of the initiative, high schools students, for example, are using
technology to learn about drones equipped with HD cameras, robotics,
design tools and 3D printers.
For school districts with between 3,000 and 12,000
the Decatur City Schools in Alabama has made wide use of flipped
instruction and several grants it has received have allowed it to give
students their own laptops.
And of the districts with fewer than 3,000 students,
School Unit 21 in Maine was recognized for its extensive professional
development program for teachers that has led to students taking courses
engineering and robotics, along with other science, technology and math
"Students are using all kinds of cutting-edge tools
assist learning and help prepare them for the future," said Center for
Education Senior Vice President Alan Cox. "It's my privilege to
these school districts who are leading the way toward modernizing
list of the schools honored is available.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.