Chapter 5: School Environment
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Chart 5.9. Is your instructional network accessible to teachers? (Q24)
Teacher Access to the Network 98% 99% 98%
97% 98% 95%
96% 97% 95%
Demographic Highlights • Schools in suburban areas are significantly more likely than schools in other areas to have access at home for teachers. • Schools with higher household incomes are significantly more likely than schools with lower household incomes to have access at home for teachers. ere were no significant diﬀerences in demographics between schools supplying access at school for teachers.
At school 1:1
At home 2:1 or 3:1
Other locations 4:1 or higher
Percentage of Respondents by Student-Computer Ratio
Read As • 98% of 1:1 school respondents report that teachers have access at school. 99% of 2:1 or 3:1 respondents report access at school. • Respondents from schools with 4:1 or higher ratios report the lowest level of access for teachers, although the level is still reasonably high. 98% of respondents from these schools report that teachers have access at school, while 95% report that teachers also have access at home and in other locations.
When teachers, students, and parents can access the instructional network anytime/anywhere, communication and information sharing are simplified. With a couple of mouse clicks, teachers can send messages to all parents or private communications to individual parents and students. Teachers can also post their lessons and resources on the network so that students and parents can access them from any Internet connection. Once lessons are in a digital format, they can be easily adjusted or updated by teachers for future use. Finance Most schools will find it relatively easy to connect all teachers at home as well as at school. Leading-edge schools will provide 3G-4G coverage for teachers at a cost of $25 per teacher per month. Policy Key policy decisions include when and how to connect all teachers and whether or not to provide 3G-4G wireless connectivity oﬀ campus. Industry It is essential that the student platform within the instructional network is secure and easy to navigate. Students must be able to work through lessons easily and post completed assignments back to the network for teacher review. ere will be a major sales opportunity based on the forecasted improvements in connectivity. In several areas, including support of 3G-4G to students, some invention will be required to reach desired price/functionality targets.