Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

SIIA Lays out a Vision for Change: With Defined Goals and Benchmarks, the Association's New Initiative Urges Increasing Technology Use in K-20 Classrooms

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

SIIA Lays out a Vision for Change: With Defined Goals and Benchmarks, the Association's New Initiative Urges Increasing Technology Use in K-20 Classrooms

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TO ENSURE THAT all students have access to a learning environment that will prepare them to compete globally and enjoy innovative careers, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA: www.siia.net) has launched its Vision K-20 initiative. The project calls on teachers, administrators, business executives, and policymakers to support the combination of proven, well-implemented, and well-supported technologies and solid curriculum to help students thrive in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

At the core of Vision K-20 is SIIA's belief that technology allows educators to be more efficient and effective in their teaching, using methods that were not previously available, and is essential for lifelong learning. But beyond acknowledging the need for a 21st-century learning environment, Vision K-20 offers a clearly defined set of goals and benchmarks for leading the nation's schools toward measurable change. The goals--which number seven in all--include supporting accountability and nurturing creativity through technology; the five benchmarks include offering differentiated learning and employing technology-based assessment. Through these guidelines, SIIA aims to help K-20 institutions dramatically increase accessibility to technology within three to five years.

SIIA has partnered with several organizations to promote Vision K-20 and encourage educators and administrators nationwide to incorporate the goals and benchmarks into their institutions' missions. …

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