Washington D.C., Oct. 6, 2006. A new report was released at the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) Ed Tech Summit today. This new research study, America’s Digital Schools 2006: A Five Year Forecast, sponsored by Pearson Education and Discovery Education, found that more than 24 percent of the nation’s school districts are implementing some type of 1:1 computing initiative in at least one grade. “Students act as digital natives at home. Schools recognize this expectation of a digital environment and are moving quickly to infuse technology, especially in the middle school and high school grades,” said Jeanne Hayes, co-author of the study.

“We found superintendents reported slightly higher incidences of 1:1 computing than did other education leaders,” said Tom Greaves, co-author. “However, the significance of this study is the positive attitude toward technology shown by superintendents, as well as others, who support the notion that a dynamic atmosphere with more technology can lead to learning gains and a more positive environment for teaching 21st century skills.” The last major study to touch on this topic was a QED study of the 2003-2004 school year. At that time, only 4 percent of districts reported actively implementing a 1:1 program. For more information about the study, visit www.ADS2006.org.

About the Authors of America’s Digital Schools

Tom Greaves, www.GreavesGroup.com, has 41 years experience in the computer industry, including 26 years at IBM. He co-founded NetSchools, a pioneer in curriculum-integrated 1:1 educational solutions. Greaves is recognized as a visionary in the design, engineering, and marketing of 1:1 technologies. Jeanne Hayes, www.HayesConnection.com, a thought-leader and analyst in the education market since the early 1970s, is an expert in database services and marketing research. As President and Founder of Quality Education Data, she conducted some of the earliest studies on emerging technologies.

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