ERIC Number: ED403880
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
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Telecommunications: Does It Make a Difference in the Classroom?
Sox, Charlene W.
Telecommunications applications are becoming increasingly prevalent in schools at all levels. Teachers and students studying to become teachers must be knowledgeable about technology, its applications, and how it will affect instruction now and in the future. A survey of approximately 500 public K-12 schools in North Carolina was conducted to determine the current use of technology, especially telecommunications applications, in schools, including the extent to which respondents have developed and implemented plans that incorporate technology applications into school programs and courses, the equipment that is used in teaching technology courses, and how technology is used for curriculum development. The survey achieved a 54.5% return rate (n=272). Highlights of respondents' answers revealed that: (1) 99% reported that their school district has a technology plan; (2) 80% have short-term objectives for telecommunications; (3) 42% have conducted a needs assessment to determine readiness for telecommunications applications; (4) 53% indicated lack of funds to purchase needed hardware and software; (5) 18% of elementary and 66% of high schools reported six or more computers with printers per classroom; (6) computer labs are available to students in 95% of responding schools; and (7) while 69% of schools have a private telecommunications line, only 22% of respondents are connected with the North Carolina Information Highway. Additional results are discussed. (Author/SWC)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Computer Uses in Education, Computers, Curriculum Development, Educational Finance, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Internet, Microcomputers, Needs Assessment, Public Schools, Surveys, Technology Integration, Technology Planning, Telecommunications
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina