Classrooms for the Future
Technology Provided Through Grant
Classrooms for the Future was a state-funded initiative with the goal of putting a laptop computer on every student's desk in the core classes of English, math, science and social studies.
Highlands received a grant for over $535,000 dollars that was used to equip all 9-12 math and English classrooms with laptops for every student. The computers arrived at the end of the 2006-2007 school year. The grant was used to purchase about 570 laptop computers. Classrooms for the Future's goal was to have every core classroom in every high school in Pennsylvania equipped with laptops within the next three years. Each classroom was equipped with a Smartboard, a data/video projector, a Web cam, and printer. The high school also received three video cameras and three digital cameras. Teachers and students also have access to imaging software.
An additional $6 million spread across the state was used to provide teachers and school leaders extensive training on how to best harness the power of technology to increase student achievement and ensure students are ready for college and the high-tech global job market. All told, Classrooms for the Future provided $200 million over in the past three years so all high schools in Pennsylvania may participate in this initiative.