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ERIC Number: ED409006
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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The State of Computers in the State of Arkansas.
Schoppmeyer, Martin W.; And Others
To explore and document the status of computer use in Arkansas, a survey was sent to each of the 310 school superintendents in the state, and 221 surveys were returned. Results indicated that only a minority of the schools had a computer in every room; these tended to be placed in lower grade classrooms. Excepting kindergarten, the majority of schools had computer labs at every grade level. Access to the Internet was not widespread; a majority of the school districts provided it only for grades 10-12. A majority of the school personnel reported that they were familiar with the Internet and most reported ease in attaining Internet resources. Responses varied in terms of specific online searching programs (Netscape, Fetch, Mosaic, and Gopher); and respondents were most familiar with Gopher. The majority of responses indicated some familiarity with electronic mail, although most respondents indicated "not at all" to use of e-mail at home. School district use of e-mail was far and above personal utilization. Seventy-four percent of respondents reported some familiarity with the Arkansas Public School Computer Network (APSCN), which began as an administrative function to link school districts and was expanded to include many more applications and functions. Only about 30.7% of the respondents claimed knowledge of an Internet homepage. Some 77% agreed that they would like to communicate with other school districts over the Internet. When questioned if they knew what a listserv was, only one-third of the superintendents indicated familiarity. Just over 60% of respondents reported that their library was computerized and just over half responded that hourly personnel were qualified to provide Internet use instruction. Approximately 86.46% of superintendents agreed on the importance of the Internet. The survey indicates that use of computers in Arkansas is widespread and that the state compares favorably with national trends. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arkansas