Students have below average access to computers in Livermore schools, according to statistics compiled by an education website.
Livermore educators, however, say those numbers are outdated and the access is now significantly better.
At the elementary school level, the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District averages 11 students per school-owned desktop or laptop computer, according to 2011-12 statistics from the site Ed Data.
The elementary schools range from 6.1 at Jackson Avenue to 31 at Sunset.
The middle schools average 10.8 students per computer with all three between 10.5 and 11.
Granada High has a 8.9 average while Livermore High has a 7.7 average.
The state average is 4.7 students per computer.
Those statistics, however, don’t include hand-held devices such as iPads or iPods.
Cindy Alba, assistant superintendent for the Livermore school district, said their current figures show 3.5 students per computer at the elementary school level, 2.9 at the middle schools and 2.4 at the high schools.
Alba said over the past several years, as funding has allowed, the district has been installing “thin client” device in classrooms. They also now allow students to bring in their own hand-held or portable computer devices for school work.
She said over the next few years the district plans to increase classroom bandwidth as part of infrastructure upgrades.
Alba said students’ access to computers is essential in today’s learning environment.
“It is essential for our students to have access to computers, technology and the Internet at school,” said Alba. “On a daily basis, our students interact in this 21st century world through technology – phones, iPods, etc. This form of interaction is highly interesting, engaging, and empowering. Therefore, we need to harness the energy and excitement and provide students a learning environment that will prepare them for success in our media infused environment.”
Some schools now encourage middle and high school students to use personal cell phones, tablets and e-readers during school hours for classwork, according to an MSN Money report.
The same article said nearly three-quarters of teachers surveyed for the Pew Research Center Internet American Life study said they or their students use cell phones during class or for homework.
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