The new academic year is officially underway in Maryland's Montgomery County Public Schools, with more than 150,000 students returning to classrooms with resources both traditional and technological, The Washington Post reported. New devices, which will help educators become more effective instructors in classrooms aligned with the Common Core State Standards, were brought in over summer vacation.
Overall, more than 9,300 computers have been replaced within the school district, while 2,000 classrooms are now home to interactive whiteboards. In addition, more than 100 schools have been equipped with wireless Internet networks.
"These changes are facilitating important shifts in the ways teachers are teaching and students are learning," Sherwin Collette, chief technology officer for MCPS, told the news source. "As a result, MCPS has begun to create learning environments that integrate robust wireless networks to facilitate differentiated and personalized learning using mobile computing devices and interactive whiteboard technologies."
The actions taken by MCPS reflect one of President Barack Obama's top priorities, which is to provide 99 percent of American students with high-speed broadband and wireless Internet within five years, according to a White House press release.