Students help schools with computers

When it comes to keeping computers running, many school districts rely on students, according to a study by the National School Boards Foundation.

The group said the survey it commissioned of 90 of the nation's largest school districts also showed that teachers often aren't well trained to use technology in the classroom.

Most Internet instruction is done in subject areas such as history, social studies and science, according to the survey. Eighty percent of school leaders say the primary instructional use of the Internet is for research that helps teachers shape lesson plans.

Students seem to be putting their computer expertise to good use at their schools, which may not have the resources for technical support, the group said. Some tutor, others run help desks, and still others have earned network and software certifications.

Of the school districts surveyed, 54 percent reported that students were providing technical support for their districts. In 43 percent of districts, students troubleshoot for hardware, software and other problems, it said. Thirty-nine percent of districts said students set up equipment and wiring, and nearly as many districts report that students perform technical maintenance.

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