Federal report details public K-12 tech use

Ninety-two percent of districts have written policies explaining what constitutes acceptable student use of the internet, and 84 percent have written policies on student eMail use. But fewer districts have such policies in place for students’ use of social-networking web sites (76 percent) and wikis or blogs (52 percent).

Every year between 1994 and 2005, with the exception of 2004, OET and NCES conducted a survey of public schools to track access to information technology in schools and classrooms. In 2008, the study was redesigned and expanded with surveys at the district, school, and teacher levels to provide complementary information that covers a broader range of topics.

“Because the purpose of this report is to introduce new NCES data through the presentation of tables containing descriptive information, only selected findings are presented,” the report says. “These findings have been chosen to demonstrate the range of information available from the … study, rather than to discuss all of the observed differences; they are not meant to emphasize any particular issue. The findings are based on self-reported data from public school districts.”


Educational Technology in Public School Districts: Fall 2008

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