Signs of Success for One-to-One

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Signs of Success for One-to-One

 

 

Almost 80 percent of U.S. school districts that have implemented one-to-one computing initiatives report that 33 percent of students in the program have shown significant academic improvement, and 45.7 percent have shown moderate improvement, according to the America’s Digital Schools 2008 report. About 27 percent of U.S. districts are implementing one-to-one programs in one or more grades, according to the study.

Almost 80 percent of U.S. school districts that have implemented one-to-one computing initiatives report that 33 percent of students in the program have shown significant academic improvement, and 45.7 percent have shown moderate improvement, according to the America’s Digital Schools 2008 report. About 27 percent of U.S. districts are implementing one-to-one programs in one or more grades, according to the study.

Cybersafety Awareness Lags

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A majority of teachers feel unprepared to cover Internet safety, security and ethical issues with their students, according to a recent online survey of 1,663 K–12 educators and school tech- nology coordinators by the National Cyber Security Alliance. Key findings of the 2008 National Cybersafety, Cybersecurity, Cyberethics Baseline Study include:

  • Less than 3 percent of educators said their state curriculum included teaching students how to pro- tect themselves on social networking sites and in chat rooms.
  • 23 percent of teachers felt prepared to teach students how to protect personal information online.
  • 22 percent felt prepared to teach about cyber- bullying, identity theft and other types of cybercrime.

Source: National Cyber Security Alliance (www.staysafeonline.org)

Online Courses Gain Traction in K–12

According to a survey of 867 district superintendents released by the Sloan Consortium in January:

  • An estimated 1.03 million public school K–12 students participated in online classes in the 2007–2008 school year, a 47 percent increase over the 2005–2006 session.
  • 70 percent of districts had at least one student enrolled in a completely online course. Source: “K–12 online Learning: A 2008 Follow-up of the Survey of U.S. School district Administrators,” Sloan Consortium

Certified Green

By mid-January, only 129 building projects — including “green” IT infrastructure initiatives — in U.S. and Canadian K–12 schools or youth education centers had achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. There were, however, 1,081 projects registered for the certification process.

Source: U.S. Green Building Council (www. buildgreenschools.org)

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