ERIC Number: ED381153
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr-4
Reference Count: N/A
Technology: America's Schools Not Designed or Equipped for 21st Century. Statement of Linda G. Morra, Director, Education and Employment Issues, Health, Education and Human Services Division. Testimony before the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
In educating America's children for a technological world, schools must have the infrastructure in place before technology can be fully integrated into the curriculum. Findings of a national survey of school facilities concerning whether America's schools have appropriate technologies, such as computers, and the facility infrastructure to support these technologies are reported. Ten thousand schools were surveyed, augmented with visits to 10 selected school districts. Remarks address: (1) the need for technology in the nation's schools, and (2) problems schools report having in meeting those needs. It was found that, overall, the nation's schools were not even close to meeting their basic technology needs. Most schools do not fully use modern technology, and not all students have equal access to facilities that can support education into the 21st century, even those attending school in the same district. Appendix I discusses the four basic electronic systems comprising school communications technology: technology infrastructure, data systems, voice systems, and video systems. Appendix II offers relevant survey items with overall percent response. Appendix III provides data on technology elements. (MAS)
Descriptors: Audio Equipment, Computer Uses in Education, Data, Educational Equipment, Educational Facilities, Educational Technology, Electronic Equipment, Elementary Secondary Education, Needs Assessment, Problems, Schools, Surveys, Technology Education, Telecommunications, Video Equipment
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (first copy, free, additional copies, $2; 100 or more copies mailed to a single address discounted 25%).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
Identifiers: Equal Access; General Accounting Office; Technological Infrastructure