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Murky Mathematics

Since the advent of computers, schools have tried different models for incorporating them into students' experiences--one per school, one per classroom, separate labs, etc. The following shows data about the changing ratio of students per computers in K-12 public schools at 3-year intervals:

  • 1984: 125 students per computer
  • 1987: 37 students per computer
  • 1990: 22 students per computer
  • 1993: 16 students per computer
  • 1996: 10 students per computer
  • 1999: 5.7 students per computer
Question: Using this data, what should be the ratio of students per computer in 2008?

Now try to find out what it actualy is......And why is all of this "murky" data and even "murkier" mathematics?

Source: Teachnology and Learning, December 1999, p. 28