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Students Lack Internet Resources in School, Survey Finds

Students Lack Internet Resources in School, Survey Finds

Students are finding they have better Internet at home than at school, a recent study finds. 

The Pearson Student Mobile Device Survey 2014 found that while 93 percent of students have wireless access at home, only 62 percent have Wi-Fi at school, said an article on TheJournal.com.The study conducted by Pearson "collected responses from 2,252 K-12 students between February 13 and March 12, 2014."

According to the study, "only one in six students attends a school that provides every student with a laptop or tablet." For students in elementary school, 90 percent have access to the Internet at home, where 47 percent have access at school. For middle school, 93 percent have access at home while 60 percent have access at school, and in high school, 95 percent of students have Internet access at home and 71 percent have access at school. 

The study found that about one in ten students say "they need daily Internet access while on the way to school in order to do their school work." Throughout K-12 schools, 36 percent of students said they need Internet access at school two to five times a week in order to do school work, while 27 percent said they needed it daily. From elementary to high school, the need of Internet access at school for two to five days a week stayed in the 35-37 percent range. The need for Internet use daily at school increased throughout high school. 

When it comes to the Internet at home, 35 percent of students said they need Internet access two to five times a week in order to do school work, while 40 percent said they need access every day. The need for Internet access at home ranged from 34-36 percent range from elementary to high school. The need for daily Internet use at home increased throughout high school. 

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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