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[school-discuss] sufficient computer:student ratios


Can you point to any studies that confirm the 3:1 minimum ratio? I've
been asked by a school board member here to find (among other things)
some studies on the issue, and since you're mentioning it now, I'm
asking you first. :)


Daniel Howard wrote:    [Fri Sep 29 2006, 03:57:22AM EDT]
> Steve Hargadon wrote:
> The lessons seem to be:
> >
> >   1. Decision-making about technology in most schools is not made by
> >the teachers themselves, but by higher-level policy-makers. And this
> >is a political game, with lots of money at stake.
> >   2. Teachers are extremely busy (it was a little heart-wrenching to
> >hear John S. talk about the restructuring in his area that has made it
> >even harder for teachers). We cannot place the burden on them to learn
> >about and integrate technology into what they do, as most simply don't
> >have the time and are measured on other factors.
> >   3. There are early-adopter teachers who are utilizing technology
> >actively in their classroom, but their adoption pattern is not the
> >same as the average teacher, and so attempts to roll out technology
> >initiatives on their experience historically haven't proven effective.
> >   4. Even though billions of dollars have been spent on educational
> >technology, the computer has not really penetrated or transformed the
> >average classroom experience.
> >   5. For technology to be truly integrated into the classroom, it
> >will have to be so reliable and easy to use so that average teacher
> >can participate in a grass-roots movement to bring it into the
> >classroom, since it will likely buck the trend of decision-making at
> >higher levels.
> >
> Steve, add one more to this list:
> 6.  There need to be enough computers in each classroom so that all 
> students can access them daily for integration across curriculae.  A 3:1 
> student to PC ratio appears to be a minimum.
> Regards,
> Daniel
> -- 
> Daniel Howard
> President and CEO
> Georgia Open Source Education Foundation
Open Source Software Engineering Consultant

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