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How Connected to Technology are Schools?

How Connected to Technology are Schools?

by Jill Hare, Teaching

The latest issue of “Technology Counts” released a study that grades state schools on technology in three different areas: access to technology, use of technology and their capacity to use technology.

It seems that no one mentions education these days without talking about the use of technology, so the study drives home how far education has come. Since 1994, schools overall have gone from having 35% access to technology to an amazing 100% access.

“But small gaps in Internet access among classrooms continue to persist. Classrooms in secondary schools, larger schools, and schools with lower minority enrollment are slightly more likely to have access.”

Topping the list for an overall score is West Virginia, followed by South Dakota, Georgia, Virginia and Kentucky. Out of these top five scores, only the top three actually receive an overall “A” or “A-“ score. South Dakota and Wisconsin tie with a 100 for the first place in providing access to technology to their schools. Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, and Utah tie with 100 in the category in the use of technology, while Georgia and West Virginia score high again with 100 in the capability to use technology.

The biggest different today is the bottom of the list. Fifteen years ago, most schools would have clamored to have given 50% of their students access to technology. Today, not a single school falls below this 50% mark, scoring no lower than providing 59% of their schools with technology.

On average throughout the United States, there are 4.4 students per high speed internet computer. So students are connected, learning, and educators are more tech savvy than ever.

Data Source: Technology Counts

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