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Three new developments in K-12 technology integration

Annual survey reveals that mobile tech, online assessments are key issues

technology-integrationTechnology skills for students and educators are essential for college and workforce success, particularly in an increasingly global economy. But how does technology integration match up with education leaders’ goals? 

Bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives continue to increase across the nation, and an annual school technology survey reveals that BYOD use or immediate planned use in secondary schools jumped from 60 percent in 2013 to 66 percent in 2014.

According to the Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) 2014 Vision K-20 report, 85 percent of secondary, 66 percent of elementary, and 83 percent of K-12 district survey participants said mobile devices will be allowed in schools in the next five years.

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In K-12 classrooms, mobile devices are used most often to access and research online digital content, to create content, to develop skills, and to communicate and collaborate.

Common devices include laptops, tablets, and eReaders.

Not surprisingly, more than half of respondents said they don’t feel “highly prepared” with enough bandwidth or adequate devices and hardware to support online assessments.

Just 41 percent of elementary, 40 percent of secondary, and 42 percent of K-12 district respondents said they feel they have adequate internet bandwidth.

Thirty-two percent of elementary, 36 percent of secondary, and 36 percent of K-12 district respondents said they feel they have adequate devices and hardware for students.

This lack of preparedness remains alarming as Common Core online testing approaches full implementation.

Current technology integration levels are “static,” as survey responses reveal. Participants rate the importance of technology integration, along with their current integration level and ideal technology integration level on a scale of 1-7.

Survey responses show that K-12 educators want to integrate technology at a much higher level than they are right now, but they need more support and help to do so.

“The current level of technology integration has shown a slight, directional increase for both K-12 and postsecondary compared to 2013 but importance level and the ideal level have shown a statistically significant decrease,” according to the report. “The overarching message is that there is still a significant gap between the current and ideal level and technology integration continues to resonate as very important for these participants.”

The Vision K-20 includes seven educational goals and five technology benchmarks.

Educational goals:

  1. Help meet the personalized needs of all students
  2. Support accountability and inform instruction
  3. Deepen learning and motivate students
  4. Facilitate communication, connectivity, and collaboration
  5. Manage the education enterprise effectively and economically
  6. Enable students to learn from any place at any time
  7. Nurture creativity and self-expression

Technology benchmarks:

  1. Widely use 21st century tools for teaching and learning
  2. Provide all members of the education community with anytime-anywhere educational access
  3. Offer differentiated learning options and resources to close achievement gaps
  4. Employ technology-based assessment tools
  5. Use technology to design and enable the enterprise

 Read the full SIIA Vision K-20 results, including survey methodology, here.

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