Like a number of districts, we need to assess the number of student households that have home Internet access. Knowing the percent of students who can participate in online activities, access online resources, and do independent research online at home will inform our decisions around the practicality of making blended learning a bigger part of our instructional program.
But doing a survey simply asking "Do you have Internet access at home?" is insufficient and may not be reliable.
In an interesting article that appeared on qz.com, polls showed that a sizeable percentage of people said they used Facebook but were NOT on the Internet. ("Millions of Facebook users have no idea they're using the Internet", February 9, 2015") While those surveyed were from Indonesia and Nigeria, I wonder just how many students - and even parents - may not know if they are using the Internet when accessing Facebook, YouTube, or streaming Netflix content?
So might the question of Internet availability be more reliable if we asked:
1. Do you access your Facebook page from home?
2. Do you stream Netflix movies or play YouTube video at home?
3. How can you search Google from home? (Check all that apply)
____ A computer
____ A cell phone
____ A tablet
____ I cannot search Google from home
5. If you have a computer or other device at home which allows you to access the Internet, how many family members use it?
Has your district surveyed parents or students regarding the availability of the Internet from home? What questions were most useful? What process?