July 6, 2006 By News Report
Among the key findings of the study: Over 87 percent of schools offering 1:1 computing report substantial academic improvement where results were tracked; superintendents rank low TCO (total cost of ownership) as the single most important factor in 1:1 computing implementation; and many school districts are unaware of a looming bandwidth crisis resulting from the growing number of student computers and applications.
The ADS 2006 findings have profound implications for legislators, students, educators and educational developers. "We believe this study has the potential to influence policy decisions and initiate the kind of in-depth discussions we need to have if we are to move forward in closing our achievement gap with other nations," said Arnie Glassberg, superintendent of San Lorenzo, Calif.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.