With the title Broadband chalks up UK education success, Robert Jaques published an article a few months ago in vnunet.com that shouldn't go unnoticed.
In it, it stated that with access to the Internet through broadband, young people spent much more time using the Internet to research. Textually: “LBroadband is having a notable impact on the education of young people in the UK, helping them turn Internet content into a research and study tool”
It was based for this claim on a detailed survey of 50 families carried out by the Future Foundation, according to which two out of three children with broadband access spent more time using the Internet for school reasons, including research and study.
In addition, in the three-month period that the study lasted, the time that boys spent on the Internet for educational reasons increased by 19%, while the time they spent on games or entertainment fell by 21%.
Almost all young people who took part in the study (97%), commissioned by British Telecom (BT), used a broadband connection to do their homework; 58% stated that school work would suffer for not having it.
Future Foundation CEO Paul Flatters said in a statement that “were surprised by the percentage of time that survey participants spent on education". Faced with fears that the Internet will be used primarily for entertainment "Research shows a wide perception, among 75% of parents, that their children's education has benefited from broadband Internet access“.
Even Emma Sanderson, BT Director of Broadband maintains that “the company expects education to be the number one reason for broadband demand among families in the next 12 months“.
Growth of ADSL in Spain
This article comes to mind when reading these days that the number of ADSL lines in Spain increased in 2004 by 57%, to exceed 2.6 million. This growth, according to the media, would consolidate ADSL technology as the favorite to access the Internet. We do not know if this increased demand for ADSL is meeting other objectives. In this regard, we can think of two suggestions:
- Broadband prices in Spain continue to be among the highest in Europe. A very urgent government review of this issue is required, since they are prices subject to regulation.
- In some forums we have indicated the demotivation of pre-university teaching staff and the deterioration of educational quality in Spain, reflected in the recently released international indicators. Studies and plans are urgently needed to shed light on the role that the Internet is playing in today's education and what it could represent in facing and overcoming the limitations that our educational system suffers today.
- The demotivation of teachers
- Education in Spain