ERIC Number: ED393397
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Connecting K-12 Schools to the Information Superhighway.
McKinsey & Co., Inc., Washington, DC.
This report summarizes an analysis of options for connecting the nation's public K-12 schools to the national information infrastructure (NII)--or information superhighway. It incorporates insights drawn from visits to schools and interviews with educators, policymakers, and technology experts around the country, as well as from a review of the literature on the educational uses of technology and connectivity. The report begins with a summary of the principal applications and benefits of connecting public K-12 schools to the NII. Then, to illustrate the costs and highlight the challenges of capturing those benefits, a series of models is described for deploying the technology infrastructure, for putting into place the needed connections, hardware, content, and human resources. The next section identifies the three major challenges to successful deployment, funding, professional development for teachers, and courseware development, and outlines potential ways to avoid those hurdles. In conclusion, the report highlights some of the leadership challenges posed by technology deployment, underscoring that success will ultimately depend on the creativity and sustained commitment of leadership at school, district, community, state, and national levels. Appendices provide details for the costs models mentioned in the report, a description of models and cost estimates from other studies, and a breakdown of current technology spending in public K-12 schools. A glossary and list of interviews is included. (Contains 48 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: McKinsey & Co., Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Connectivity; National Information Infrastructure