ERIC Number: ED404982
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Ohio SchoolNet Initiatives: Findings of the Legislative Office of Education Oversight.
Ohio State Legislative Office of Education Oversight, Columbus.
The Ohio state-funded SchoolNet initiatives include two major components: "SchoolNet" and "SchoolNet Plus." SchoolNet provides telecommunications wiring among classrooms in individual school buildings; it also provides computers for low-wealth districts and supports technology-related professional development. SchoolNet Plus provides computers and related equipment to elementary schools in districts which have low property value. This report, the fourth in a series, summarizes the major findings of previous reports and provides updated information. As of September 1996, all but 25 of Ohio's 611 school districts had submitted a SchoolNet application and SchoolNet Plus funds had been distributed to 520 districts. Of applications submitted, only 30 had not yet been approved and were undergoing revisions. In general, districts' SchoolNet and SchoolNet Plus activities during the 1995-1996 school year involved planning, attempting to rearrange budgets or find additional funds for equipment, making building improvements, and professional development for staff. Over 100 people, including teachers, district and state administrators, and technology experts were interviewed on SchoolNet initiatives. In addition, 250 teachers and 250 principals in 500 randomly selected schools were surveyed, as well as 24 regional sites of the Ohio Education Computer Network and some of the school districts they serve. Funding recommendations are outlined and selected states' technology programs are discussed. A table depicting the groups making SchoolNet policy decisions prior to October 1996 is appended. (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Legislative Office of Education Oversight, Columbus.