Computers help UNL bring technology to rural Nebraska

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The University of Nebraska is bringing the university's Business Information Technology (BIT) program at the Husker Harvest Days site. The BIT program educates Nebraskans about e-commerce and giving them the technological tools needed to allow rural residents to better compete in global society.

The mobile computer lab contains about 16 high-speed computers and has its own electrical generation system. UNL Extension educators hold classes in e-Commerce, e-Government, e-Knowledge and e-Agriculture, along with instructional classes in computer operation and software. Students in the mobile computer lab can learn technical skills such as using the Internet in marketing and buying and selling of goods and services, conducting government business on the computer and using global positioning satellites and yield monitors. They can also work on basic skills such as navigating the Internet, sending e-mails and downloading information. The mobile lab has already visited around 60 communities. According to the survey of the US Department of Agriculture, about 66 percent of Nebraska farms had computer access, 44 percent used the computer for farm business, 55 percent had access to the Internet, 8 percent purchased inputs on the Internet, and 11 percent conducted marketing activities on the Internet.

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