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Project RED Commentary As schools make the switch from print to digital, the speed of the Internet connection takes center stage. Many factors drive bandwidth needs, including the number of computers, usage patterns in the classroom, the types of materials accessed (e.g., email or video), and the intensity of access (e.g., a course or a Google search). Schools today are by and large under-provisioned, and the educational impact of insufficient bandwidth can be significant. If a student spends an hour a day on the Internet, the unproductive wait time could be reduced as much as 50%. Ten minutes saved during the school day are equivalent to 5 extra school days a year, and 30 minutes saved are equivalent to15 days. Doubling the bandwidth costs roughly $12 per student per year. Providing five more instructional days would cost roughly $222 per student per year.

Research Basis Gray, L.; omas, N.; & Lewis, L., Educational Technology in U.S. Public Schools: Fall 2008 (NCES 2010-034), U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2010. Greaves, T. & Hayes, J., America’s Digital Schools, MDR, 2008. Olivier, W., “Teaching mathematics: Tablet PC technology adds a new dimension,” Proceedings of the Mathematics Education into the 21st Century Project, 2005, Johor Bahru, Malaysia, 176-181. Petty, D. & Gunawardena, A., e Use of Tablet PCs in Early Mathematics Education, in Prey, J.C.; Reed, R.H.; & Berque, D.A. (eds), e Impact of Tablet PCs and Pen-based Technology on Education: Beyond the Tipping Point, Purdue University Press, 2007, 89-96.

Chapter 5: School Environment


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