ERIC Number: ED316249
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Use of Local Area Networks in Schools. ERIC Digest.
The current status and apparent trends of local area networks (LANs) in school districts are explored in this short report. Results of a 1987-88 Quality Education Data survey are cited, indicating that 64% of 173 of the largest school districts in the country were already networking and 36% intended to be networking by 1990. The advantages of networks are briefly summarized, and a description of how LANs work is provided. Availability of network software in the recent past and at present is discussed, as is the response of software publishers to the increased demand for network software. Two case studies are presented. The first profiles the Island Park School District in New York, where three LAN laboratories are used for: (1) teaching basic skills to kindergarten through third grade pupils; (2) instructing fourth through eighth grade students in skills reinforcement and word processing; and (3) offering creative applications in the library. The second case study reports on progress made in the 28,000-student Plano Texas School District, whose goal is to have a network that will channel everything a student does into one core electronic gradebook by 1992. Eight tips for buying a LAN are listed, together with six sources to consult for further information. (SD)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Local Area Networks, Microcomputers, Program Descriptions, Purchasing, School Districts, Telecommunications
ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Resources, Syracuse University, 030 Huntington Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244-2340 (free while supply lasts).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Resources, Syracuse, NY.