Representatives from Singapore visited the United States Dec. 6-14 to study new and effective ways to deliver technology-rich teaching environments to their students.

With the help of school technology integration leader Futurekids Inc., education officials from Singapore attended meetings with K-12 administrators, technology coordinators, and teachers, visiting school sites in Los Angeles; Boise, Idaho; Carbondale, Ill.; and Grand Rapids, Mich.

Just over 30 percent of the 400 schools and colleges in Singapore are networked and internet-ready, but the Singapore Ministry of Education has recently dedicated $2 billion to improve educational technology. Educators from Singapore, in collaboration with representatives from Futurekids, hope to gain information on how to employ internet-based instruction and assess the effectiveness of technology.