Chart week - Length of student laptop loans
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
Today is the third day of Chart Week here at Dangerously Irrelevant.
Yesterday's post on student
laptops and wireless classrooms
discussed how many public schools lend
laptops to students and the extent of wireless penetration in classrooms.
Today's post extends those data to show the length of time that students get to
use the laptops that are loaned out to them. All data are from the
in U.S. Public Schools and Classrooms: 1994-2005.
Maximum length of time of laptop loan to
NCES asked those public schools that said they loaned laptops to students what was the
maximum length of time of those loans. In other words, how long did students
have use of the laptops they received? Here is the chart:
As the data show, nearly half of the schools that said they loaned laptops to
students did so for less than a week. Only about a sixth of the schools surveyed
in 2005 said that they gave students laptops for the entire school year; this
proportion is unchanged from 2002. When combined with yesterday's
data, which show that only about 10% of schools even loan laptops to
students in the first place, we can see that few students in our country are
receiving the opportunity to work with laptop computers, even for only a few days at a time. One probable explanatory factor regarding low laptop lending by
schools (and thus low laptop usage by students) is that most
public school classrooms lack wireless Internet access.
Schedule for the rest of the week
- Thursday - technologies and procedures used by public schools to
prevent student access to inappropriate material on the Internet
The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.
- Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
- The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
- Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
The controversy over whether Jesus had any siblings is reignited after an amazing new discovery of an ancient text.
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- It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
- This ability may come from a common ancestor
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