Despite budget constraints brought on by a lagging economy, K-12 schools and colleges are holding steady when it comes to ed-tech use. But they’d like to be doing even better.
That’s the key takeaway, anyway, from a self-assessment of educational technology use conducted by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA).
The organization’s “2012 SIIA Vision K-20 Survey,” the fourth in an annual series of benchmarking studies, surveyed nearly 1,700 officials representing all levels of K-20 education. The self-assessment asks school and campus leaders to rate their progress toward SIIA’s vision for ed-tech use, represented in two ways:
(1) Seven educational goals, which describe the key instructional and institutional outcomes enabled through technology…
• Meet the individual needs of all students;
• Support accountability and use data to inform instruction;
• Deepen learning and motivate students;
• Facilitate communication, connectivity, and collaboration;
• Manage the education enterprise effectively and economically;
• Enable students to learn from any place, at any time;
• Nurture creativity and self-expression; and
(2) Five technology measures that indicate progress in implementing technology to meet these goals…
• Widely use 21st century tools for teaching and learning;
• Provide anytime/anywhere educational access;
• Offer differentiated learning options and resources;
• Employ technology-based assessment tools;
• Use technology to redesign and enable enterprise support.
This year, SIIA added three new questions at the beginning of the survey to get a deeper understanding of participants’ mindset:
- How well is technology currently integrated in your educational institution?
- What do you feel is the ideal level of integration for technology in your educational institution?
- How important is integrating technology into your educational institution?
Although about three-fourths of both K-12 and postsecondary participants rated the importance of technology integration high, only about one-fouth said they currently have a “high” level of integration, suggesting that ed-tech use lags behind ideal usage for both K-12 schools and colleges.