ERIC Number: ED393446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Baseline Survey of Educational Technology Access and Application in Southeastern Utah.
Tyner, Kathleen; And Others
Utah's Southeastern Education Service Center has devised a five-phase vision plan for improving the educational technology infrastructure in the southeastern region of the state. The fourth phase involves the creation of the Southeastern Utah Regional Wide Area Network (SURWAN), which will link all K-12 schools to the Internet by 1996. This document describes a survey given to teachers, administrators, superintendents, and local college personnel to help Far West Laboratory evaluate SURWAN. Background information on the respondents (n=419) is provided, including their professional role, their years of experience, age and gender, highest level of education, and county of residence. These respondents were asked about the awareness of SURWAN, their mode of access to it, barriers to its use, time spent online, the amount and quality of information found there, whether or not they are actually producing information for SURWAN, and whether or not they view it as valuable to the community. Results indicate, among other things, that: (1) most respondents and their students have access to more communications technologies at work than at home; (2) between 6% and 10% of respondents are aware of and use SURWAN; (3) respondents rate high-tech media as reliable as print media but rarely use them; and (4) although respondents agree that technology is the wave of the future, their attitudes toward their future benefits remain neutral. A copy of the vision plan and the survey are appended, along with survey results grouped by county and by grade level. (Contains 71 tables.) (BEW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, Berkeley, CA.
Identifiers: Connectivity; Telecommunications Infrastructure; Utah; Wide Area Networks