Conservatory Receives Award for Laptop Program

Conservatory administrator Kirt Hamm showing off the APSA award for best wild card practice.

Conservatory administrator Kirt Hamm showing off the APSA award for best wild card practice.

On May 21st, 2010 the Arizona Private School Association (APSA) honored the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences with a best practice award for its 1 to 1 laptop program.  In 2007, CRAS introduced a computer program that placed an Apple laptop in the hands of every student, dramatically enhancing the opportunity for learning, communication and most importantly, the potential for employment. The 1:1 Laptop Initiative represents one of the biggest evolutionary steps in the school’s history and has re-shaped the Conservatory’s learning environment. To compliment this program, the Conservatory simultaneously launched CRAS Connect, an online learning management system (LMS) designed to support and extend the in-classroom experience, and develop a greater sense of community between students and faculty. While the laptop initiative and CRAS Connect could each be viewed independently as examples of best practices for higher education, it’s the symbiosis between them that demonstrates the sweeping change CRAS has made to the academic landscape for students, instructors and administration.

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