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Data Required - The unduplicated number of computers and other devices (Internet mobile devices, portable media players, interactive tablets, interactive whiteboards, netbooks, e-book tools, and all other devices that can connect to the Internet) connected to the Internet and used primarily by students for instructional purposes that are provided by the schools or LEA.  *Do not include computers used primarily for testing or administrative purposes. Do not include peripherals, such as printers.

Please read guidelines below for clarifying information.

Data Collection: Number of each of the following in each school.  Only include those devices that have Internet capability.

  1. Computers
  2. Netbooks (Mini Computers)
  3. Thin Client
  4. Interactive Tablets
  5. eBook Tools
  6. Internet Mobile Devices
  7. Portable Media Players
  8. Interactive White Boards

General Guidelines for Age and Location of Computers and Other Devices

Below are general guidelines when considering collecting the number, age and location of the computers in schools. Computers and other devices included in this data collection should be used primarily for instructional use and should not include items used exclusively for administrative use and/or items that have been provided by the state for administrative purposes.

Locations to be reported:

  • Classroom
  • Library Media Center
  • Stationary Lab
  • Mobile Lab
  • Other (Computers used for instructional use)

Minimum Computer Counts by Age

  • Computers 0 - 4.9 years old
  • Computers 5 years or older


1. Computer

  • Computers should be able to : access the Internet and support the use of basic word processing, spreadsheet, multimedia presentation and database software
  • Computers include Desktops, Laptops, and Tablet PC's
  • Note: Refurbished/Upgraded Computers: Schools should consider the current "capacity" and the actual age of the computer when classifying refurbished or upgraded computers.

2. Netbooks (Mini Computers)

  • Netbooks (also called mini computers or ultraportables) are small, light and inexpensive laptop computers suited for general computing and accessing web-based applications. Screen sizes are generally less than 10" diagonally.
  • Computers that are classified as netbooks usually contain an Intel Atom processor or equivalent.

3. Thin Client

  • A thin client is a client computer or client software in client-server architecture networks, with depends primarily on the central server for processing activities.

4. Tablet Devices.

  • Devices that are not laptops or pocket sized and are primarily used for accessing multimedia content and have the option to access the Internet.
  • Examples: iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, BlackBerry PlayBook, Cisco Cius, HP Slate 500
  • Note: "Tablet PC's" containing touch screens along with a physical keyboard should be included in the computer counts.

5. e-Book Tools: Devices that are not laptops or pocket sized and are used primarily for reading, accessing multimedia content, and may have the option to access the Internet.  Examples may include (Kindle, Nook)

6. Internet Mobile Devices: Mobile devices that are a pocket-sized, typically having a display screen with touch input, miniature keyboard, or other use interface and are able to access the Internet.  Examples include: PDA's (Palm Pilot, etc.) Other WI-Fi accessible devices.

7. Portable Media Players: MP3 player that has the capability to connect to the internet, portable gaming devices (ex. iPod Touch, Zune, Sony PSP, Nintendo DSi)

8. Interactive Whiteboard
An Interactive whiteboard (IWB) is a large interactive display that connects to a computer and projector.  A projector projects the computer's desktop onto the board's surface where users control the computer using a pen, finger, stylus, or other device. The board is typically mounted to a wall or floor stand.


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