A hurricane is supposed to appear on a board in front of geography teacher Christina Müller’s ninth-grade students. She chooses a video from the International Space Station for her smartboard, the digital blackboard in the front of the classroom.

Today’s topic? The phenomena of nature. But there is a delay. “It is because of the Wi-Fi,” says Müller, who uses the time to quiz her students on cloud formations. When the video finally starts, she seamlessly directs their attention to the hurricane.

The Siegburg Gymnasium Alleestrasse, located in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, is a model school. Awards on the walls of the staircase take up so much room there is hardly space left. Most recently, the high school was honored as an

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