Technology use nets award for Alaskan schools

Technology use nets award for Alaskan schools

The 2001 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards for the first time recognized a small school district for excellence in the use of educational technology.

With 214 students and 30 teachers and staff members, the Chugach School District in Anchorage, Alaska, is the smallest organization ever to win a Baldrige award.

Its students improved in reading, language, math and spelling while making innovative use of technology. They live in remote areas across 22,000 square miles of Alaska.

The district has upped the number of classroom computers from two for 27 students in 1994 to 21 computers for 27 students in 2001. The number of students using the Internet has risen from 5 percent in 1998 to 93 percent in 2001.

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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