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Recent research into the use of computers in Lithuanian primary schools has shown that 59% of teachers make regularly use of computers in their teaching. This ranks Lithuania at 24th position in relation to other European countries. Of this 59%, 94% use computers for demonstration or presentational purposes; 79% develop activities which involve the pupils using computers in the classroom environment. 83% of head teachers reported that ICT is integrated in the teaching of most subjects within their primary school (European Schoolnet, 2009, p2).

In terms of the internet, the European Schoolnet STEPS survey showed that nearly all primary schools have access to the internet, but only 32% have a broadband connection. This places Lithuanian primary schools in the lower rankings (23rd) when compared with other European countries (European Schoolnet, 2009, p2).

Most Lithuanian primary school teachers are well skilled in their own use of ICT, with 67% having good or very good skills. However, 9% of teachers are assessed has having no or very few ICT skills, and 25% were classified as novice users (European Schoolnet, 2009, p4).

The provision of ICT equipment, particularly computers, in the primary school is a major concern for teachers in Lithuania. There is also a high demand for increased maintenance and support of the ICT equipment (90% expressed concerns in the European Schoolnet STEPS survey in 2009, see p4). However, despite these problems these teachers remain positive about the potential impact that ICT can make on teaching and learning (being more positive than the average response to these questions in the STEPS survey; European Schoolnet, 2009, p3). This belief is correlated with the level of computer skills of the teacher. In Lithuania, increased levels of impact optimism were observed from teachers with very good ICT skills themselves; those with fewer skills were less optimistic.