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UP TO SPEED?

In an annual survey of academic computer officers, here's how they rated the faculty members at their institutions as to how well prepared they are for using technology as a resource:

PERCENT PREPARED FOR INSTRUCTIONAL PURPOSES

 
Percentage
Business
65.6%
Biological and physical sciences
62.1%
Engineering
61.2%
Mathematics
57.7%
Education
45.5%
Social science
40.0%
Fine/performing arts
36.7%
Humanities
31.5%
Prism—Basic data: NEA High Education Research Center

 

IN THE KNOW

In a survey of American households, nearly 30 percent said they consider themselves fully able to understand and use technology. Here's the breakdown by age:

Extent
18 to 29-year-olds
Age 50 and older
A great extent
39%
18%
Some extent
51%
39%
Limited extent
8%
31%
Not at all
2%
12%
Prism—Basic data: International Technology Association

 

HOW'S THAT AGAIN?

Percent of 1,000 respondents who say they could explain each of the following to a friend:

 
Percentage
How a flashlight works
90%
How to use a credit card to get money out of an ATM
89%
How a home heating system works
70%
How a telephone call gets from point A to point B
65%
How energy is transferred into electrical power
53%
Prism—Basic data: International Technology Association