New media in your classroom

I read a newspaper article today here in the Netherlands about the usage of new media in primary/elementary schools. Although the article mentioned a distinct rise in internet and computer use in general, it is currently only used in 26% of all schools. Granted, it has risen from 15% last year, but I still think it’s a low number.

When I look around on the internet, I see lots of sites with useful materials or even online software that is just sitting there waiting for teachers. So why aren’t we using it here in the Netherlands? Other sources tell me that the usage of new media in English speaking countries, especially in the US, is much higher. 

I think the main difference is scale: English is of course spoken all over the world, and as a result the number of interesting websites is always higher for the English language. Another reason is probably the non-existence of homeschooling here in my country. Everybody goes to school, it’s a small country and travel times to schools are always short. Therefore I can see a less need to create online learning opportunities.

I wonder how this situation is in other countries. I am keen to learn how the use of internet and computers is in your country!

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