Raleigh H.S. Students 'Connect' With Computers
Posted August 19, 2003 6:49 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — Technology is a part of every job. A Raleigh-area high school is taking that idea and making it a part of every classroom.
Southeast Raleigh High School
is a magnet school with a focus on math, science and technology. The school is connected inside and out with computers in every classroom.
"Technology needs to be another tool designed to enhance learning of those basic skills," said John Modest, principal of Southeast Raleigh High School.
In one class, students work with Cisco Systems to learn to set up a computer network for a company.
"They'll have the knowledge to do network troubleshooting and say, 'Ok, we've got a problem here. What is it,'" said Joan Brannon, director of technology at Southeast Raleigh High School.
Computers are an essential part of the curriculum at Southeast Raleigh High School. If a student does not have a computer at home, all they have to do is check out a laptop.
"I think Southeast Raleigh was chosen because for a long time, this area was economically bypassed," Brannon said.
Brannon said the connection has spurred growth at the school and development in the community around it. Southeast Raleigh High School has more than 2,000 students. Officials said more than 80 percent of them continue their education after high school.