Information and Communications Technologies in Schools Survey

The Daily, Statistics Canada, Jun 17, 2004
Commentary by Stephen Downes

More than 97 percent of Canadian schools have internet access, with the schools averaging one computer for every five students, according to this new study by Industry Canada. The bulk of these computers use "always-on" internet connections (as compared to dial-up, but a nice euphemism that masks whether or not the connections are high-speed). The article notes that these computers are aging, which signifies a problem to come. A ratio of five-to-one, I might add, is not satisfactory; computer and internet use works best when it is personal, and a much better ratio is needed to achieve that.
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