Most digital learning resources, and learning management systems, are designed for students to be able to use them at home as well as at school. But does that mean that every student can access them? Well, that depends on their access to the Internet.
So, how many Australian students have access to the Internet at home?
Each year the Australian Bureau of Statistics undertakes a national survey of school students, called CensusAtSchool. The results, published in aggregate form, provide a useful insight into the lives of students, and of their use of technology.
In the 2010 survey, completed by 22,000 students, 94% of Australian school students reported that they had access to the Internet at home (up from 86% in 2006).
They also asked students what they did with their Internet connection:
What do Australian students use the Internet for? % who do this sometimes % who do this often Social Networking 20% 44% Research for school work 44% 19% Emailing friends and family 30% 16% Searching/Browsing for information 40% 18% Uploading/Downloading (eg music, photos) 29% 32% Playing games 28% 31% Video sharing sites (eg YouTube) 30% 25% Buying/Selling things (eg eBay) 10% 4%
% who do this sometimes
% who do this often
You can see the full survey, along with breakdowns by State and Year Level, and historical data, on the ABS CensusAtSchool website.