E-mail is Quickly Gaining Popularity Among Educators

School administrators and staff say e-mail is their favorite form of electronic communication; the number of students who provide technical support continues to grow; and students clamor to spend more time online during the school day.

1. Communication Choices

When polled, school administrators and staff say that
e-mail is their favorite form of electronic communication.

Administrator Preferences

39% — E-mail messages
26% — Web site
18% — Electronic newsletters
15% — Online calendars
2% — Other

Staff Preferences

35% — E-mail messages
30% — Web site
16% — Online calendars
13% — Electronic newsletters
6% — Other

Source: The Technology and Learning Network Instant Polls conducted from March 22, 2004, to April 5, 2004

2. Wanted: More Time Online

Not only are students going online at an earlier age, but they also want more time online during the school day.

AGES 9-17 (2000)

Too little time: 27%
The right amount: 65%
Too much time: 6%
Don’t know: 2%

AGES 6-17 (2003-04)

Too little time: 49%
The right amount: 38%
Too much time: 2%
Don’t know: 11%

Source: Grunwald Associates, 2004

3. School Districts Benefit From Student Techies

A majority of school districts of all sizes rely on students for help with technical support.

DISTRICTS RECEIVING TECH SUPPORT FROM STUDENTS

Small districts (600 to 2,499): 54%
Medium districts (2,500 to 24,999): 53%
Large districts (25,000 +): 61%

Source: Grunwald Associates, 2004

Oct 31 2006

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