ERIC Number: ED398859
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Ohio SchoolNet Initiatives: School Readiness for Computers and Networks.
Ohio State Legislative Office of Education Oversight, Columbus.
This report is the second in a series of Legislative Office of Education Oversight (LOEO) reports focusing on the SchoolNet initiatives. It examines the readiness of Ohio's schools to use the computers and network wiring provided by SchoolNet and SchoolNet Plus. The document is divided into five sections: (1) Introduction; (2) School Readiness for Computers and Networks; (3) Challenges Schools Face as They Prepare To Use Computers and Networks; (4) Strengths of Schools as They Prepare for Computers and Networks; and (5) Conclusions and LOEO Commentary. The LOEO used national literature and data collected during 40 telephone interviews and 12 school visits to identify the strengths schools have, as well as the challenges they face, in preparing for technology. LOEO mailed a questionnaire to a teacher or principal in 500 randomly selected schools. Approximately half (48 percent) of the schools in this sample are ready to use computers and networks and approximately half (52 percent) are not ready. In general, 36 percent of city schools, 44 percent of rural schools, and 65 percent of suburban schools are prepared to use computers and networks. Findings include: approximately 90 percent of the schools not meeting the LOEO criteria for readiness need increased electrical service; for 27 percent of the schools no one is available to repair computer hardware, software, or network equipment; only 7 percent have someone serving their school fulltime; approximately 93 percent of the survey respondents report that teachers want computers for student use; 98 percent of respondents report principals strongly support computers for student use; and 96 percent report strong support by district-level administration. Community support is slightly less--80 percent report a high level of community support. Appendixes include: LOEO telephone interview questions; LOEO criteria for determining readiness; Ohio Department of Education socioeconomic comparison groups; and a sample LOEO questionnaire. (Contains 32 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Legislative Office of Education Oversight, Columbus.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio