SECTION 1 – INTERNET CONNECTIVITY
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
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
- Netbooks (Mini Computers)
- Thin Client
- Interactive Tablets
- eBook Tools
- Internet Mobile Devices
- Portable Media Players
- 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:
- 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
- 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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