98 Percent of U.S. Public School Districts Connected to High-Speed Broadband, But 2.3 Million Students Still Left Behind.
Only 14 percent of U.S. classrooms have access to the Internet. Little more than half of our schools have CD-ROM drives, ranging from 91 percent of the schools in North Carolina to only 29 percent of the schools in Vermont.
In 2019, some 95 percent of 3- to 18-year-olds had home internet access, according to the American Community Survey (ACS). Specifically, 88 percent had access through a computer,2 and 6 percent relied on a smartphone for home internet access.
Globally, around 60 per cent of school-age children in urban areas do not have internet access at home, compared with around three-quarters of school-age children in rural households. School-age children in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia are the most affected, with around 9 in 10 children unconnected.
How many people use the internet? As of January 2021 there were 4.66 billion active internet users worldwide – 59.5 percent of the global population. Of this total, 92.6 percent (4.32 billion) accessed the internet via mobile devices.
The survey found that use of technology in schools worldwide continues to grow, with 48 percent of students reporting they use a desktop computer in the classroom. Forty-two percent use smartphones, 33 percent use interactive whiteboards and 20 percent use tablets.
The study found that 52 percent of college students own tablets, up from 45 percent a year ago. Ownership of smartphones has stabilized at 85 percent and laptops at 88 percent.
School districts are aware much more work needs to be done
Still, the report estimates between 9 million and 12 million U.S. students still lack adequate internet access at home for remote learning.
Ninety- seven percent of schools had one or more instructional computers located in classrooms (excluding laptops on carts) and 58 percent of schools had laptops on carts. Of the computers in public schools, 91 percent were used for instructional purposes (table 2).
Today, over 90 percent of Americans have access to the internet, many of whom could no longer imagine a life without it.
In November 2020, SWS said an estimated 4.3 million or 14 percent of enrolled school-age Filipinos were exclusively participating in online distance learning while 1.2 million or 4 percent were in online distance learning mixed with modular distance learning.
Globally, only 33 per cent of children and young people have internet access at home. But there is a significant gap between high-income and low-income countries, 87 per cent coverage compared to 6 per cent, respectively.
The Internet can be wonderful for kids. They can use it to research school reports, communicate with teachers and other kids, and play interactive games. But online access also comes with risks, like inappropriate content, cyberbullying, and online predators.
Most popular online activities of adult internet users in the United States as of November 2019
Data Growth in 2021
As of April 2021, the number of people on the Internet has grown by 7.6%. This means 60% of the world’s population is now online. It also reflects how much data is created each day. At the end of the year, there would be 74 zettabytes of data.
Only about 35 percent of the population in developing countries has access to the Internet (versus about 80 percent in advanced economies). Broadband has also become a foundation for smart infrastructure (e.g. Intelligent Transport Systems and Smart Electric grids) that is facilitated by new wireless technologies.
They use the internet to give students extra resources, study materials, and educational games. … The internet has allowed instantaneous connection of teachers and students. With improved communication, teachers can now assist students after the classes through the use of live chats and video conferences.
About 81 percent of students use laptops at college, and as the new school year looms, a slew of students will need to purchase computers. About 27 percent of them will choose based on price—the average student looks to spend around $761.32.
Ninety-five percent of respondents have access to a smartphone (of whom 99% own them personally), and 91% have access to a laptop (of whom 97% own them personally). Nearly all respondents reported owning at least two internet-capable devices.
Desktop/laptop ownership among U.S. adults 2008-2019
As of February 2019, 74 percent of Americans owned a desktop or laptop computer.
Notwithstanding this progress, the Report finds that approximately 19 million Americans—6 percent of the population—still lack access to fixed broadband service at threshold speeds. In rural areas, nearly one-fourth of the population —14.5 million people—lack access to this service.
If we can limit their access to the internet, or even turning it off during tests, could increase the students’ attention in school and possibly help them achieve better grades. … If we can limit their access to the internet, then they will be less prone to use it in ways to harm others.
Less than 10 percent of teachers reported using computers or the Internet to access model lesson plans or to access research and best practices. … Newer teachers were more likely to use computers or the Internet to accomplish various teaching objectives.
Because Chromebooks are inexpensive to buy and support, they are a welcome option for frustrated, underfunded school districts. In the classroom itself, Chromebooks provide a gateway to everything a student needs in order to learn and everything a teacher needs to guide them.
Not all teachers need them, but those who do use them can benefit from a number of advantages, including the ability to create lesson plans on their computer, helping them spend less time planning, and more time teaching. It’s no secret that they are a staple in today’s classroom.
Highlights. Among all households in 2018, 92% had at least one type of computer and 85% had a broadband internet subscription.
As of December 2020, about 70.4 percent of the Chinese population had used the internet. The penetration rate denotes the share of the population that has access to a certain communication medium. For comparison, the worldwide average internet penetration rate had resided at about 59 percent as of January 2020.