ICT Equipment and Internet in Schools
Almost all German schools now use computers for
teaching and have internet access. 63% use the internet
via a broadband connection. With this figure Germany
ranks at number 21 of the 27 countries participating in the
survey. There is a large variation between school types:
while only 54% of primary schools have a broadband internet
connection, the penetration is highest among upper
secondary schools, with 82%. There is also some variation
with regard to broadband access between urban and rural
areas: 70% of schools in densely populated areas have
broadband access compared to 56% of schools in thinly
populated areas. Also, vocational schools in particular are
under-proportionally equipped with broadband access.
Here, Germany finds itself only at rank 23.
70% of schools have a website, 58% offer e-mail to
teachers, and 20% do so to pupils. 66% of German schools
using computers for teaching use them in classrooms, with
the highest percentage being achieved in primary schools
(80%). Computers in the school library are more or less
restricted to upper secondary schools.
22% of teachers in Germany still do not use computers in class.
49% state a lack of computers in their schools as an important
barrier, a very high 48% of teachers not using ICT are not convinced
of any benefits of using computers in class and 46% express
the opinion that teachers lack the necessary skills to utilize
computers in their teaching.
Here we seem to have a problem in German schools since the
figures on “lack of skills”, “no or unclear benefits in using ICT” and
“lack of interest” are two to three times higher than the European
average. It appears that action is urgently required in the area of
motivation towards, and teacher training in, ICT use in German
Source: Benchmarking Access and Use of ICT in
European Schools 2006
Final Report from Head Teacher and Classroom Teacher
Surveys in 27 European Countries
Much more on this report here:
Report on the use of ICT in schools