Schools are rapidly connecting to the Internet.
By 1998, 89 percent of public schools were connected to the Internet (up from
35 percent in 1994). In 1998, 51 percent of instructional rooms in public
schools were connected to the Internet-up from 3 percent in 1994 and 27 percent
IT is increasingly important in research.
In addition to the traditional use of computing in the physical sciences and
engineering, information technologies are having increasing impact in biology
(especially genomics) and are providing new tools for research collaboration.