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Australian students lead in access to computers 2/06

31 Jan 06 – The Australian IT Today

Australian students are among the world’s most savvy when it comes to computer use at home and school, an OECD study reveals.

The study shows 94% of Australian students have access to a home computer for schoolwork, compared with the OECD average of 79%. All Australian students say they have access to a computer at school.

The study also shows that Australian students are among the most avid users of the internet, 74% reporting frequent use of it to source information, compared with the OECD average of 55%, and 90% say they feel confident using the net.

Australian students are the biggest users of computers for word-processing (70%), but only 10% report frequent use of education software such as mathematical programs.

The study 'Are students ready for a technology-rich world?' provides the first internationally comparative data in this area, based on OECD’s PISA 2003 assessment of educational performance by 15-year olds. It backs up previous OECD analysis about the importance of computers in schools.

Read more on the OECD site >>