Resources and Reflections

Monday, December 03, 2007

Odd but true....

From ESchool News "Ed-tech groups issue urgent call to action. New report aims to spark leadership on educational technology."

"Right now, 100 million Americans have broadband access, 219 million Americans use cell phones, and the personal computer penetration rate is 73 percent. To a wireless nation that relies on technology for ordinary tasks and extraordinary achievements, it is shocking and inconceivable--but true--that technology is marginalized in the complex and vital affairs of education."

To make its point, the paper cites statistics from the U.S. Department of Commerce that rank education dead last in technology use among 55 industry sectors.

From PBSTeachers "'The controversial Federal E-rate program allocates money from telecommunication taxes to poor schools without technology resources. Some statistics suggest 100,000 or more schools have been provided with Internet connectivity and additional computers."

From Presidential candidate Jonathan Edwards: "It means that while half of urban and suburban households have broadband, less than a third of rural homes do. It means that African Americans are 25 percent less likely to have Internet access at home than whites. The Internet has been an engine of innovation and opportunity – one that started in America and then revolutionized the world. Yet, here at home, too many are denied access to it, including 40 percent of rural Americans.

As a tech Integ trying to tackle the Why educators are slow to adopt technology for their curriculums. Cite future shock as one slant to the answer.



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