This report sheds light on how students are using computers and shows that they use them for a wide range of functions and not just to play games. Only a minority of students reported frequent use of specific educational software, but one-half of the students surveyed reported frequent use of the Internet as a research tool and frequent use of word processing software, both of which have educational potential. The vast majority of students are confident in performing basic ICT tasks such as opening, deleting and saving files and students are generally confident about their Internet abilities. While fewer 15-year-olds are confident performing high-level tasks – such as creating a multi-media presentation or writing a computer program – unaided most think they could do so with some help.
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