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Title: Public-Use Data Files and Documentation (FRSS 92): Educational Technology in U.S. Public Schools, Fall 2008
Description: Abstract: This file contains data from a 2008 fast-response survey titled “Educational Technology in U.S. Public Schools, Fall 2008.” This survey provides national estimates on the availability and use of educational technology in public elementary and secondary schools during fall 2008. This is one of a set of three surveys (at the district, school, and teacher levels) that collected data on a range of educational technology resources. NCES released the results of this school-level survey in the First Look report Educational Technology in U.S. Public Schools: Fall 2008 (NCES 2010-034).

Questionnaires and cover letters for the study were mailed to the principal of each sampled school in September 2008. The letter introduced the study and requested that the questionnaire be completed by the person most knowledgeable about educational technology within the school. Respondents were offered the option of completing the survey via the web or by mail. Telephone follow-up for survey nonresponse and data clarification was initiated in early October 2008 and completed in July 2009. The weighted response rate was 79 percent.

The survey asked respondents to report information on computer hardware and Internet access, availability of staff to help integrate technology into instruction and provide timely technical support, and perceptions of educational technology issues at the school and district levels. Respondents reported the number of instructional computers within their schools, by type, mobility, and location. The survey also asked respondents about the types of operating systems or platforms used on instructional computers. Data on the number of handheld devices provided to school personnel and students, and the number of other technology devices provided for instructional purposes were also collected. Respondents indicated the extent to which technology staff provided assistance with technology support and integration and the response times for obtaining such support. Respondents gave opinions on statements related to using educational technology in their schools.
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Cover Date: May 2010
Web Release: May 6, 2010
Publication #: NCES 2010037
Center/Program: NCES
Type of Product: Data File
Survey/Program Areas: Fast Response Survey System (FRSS)
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