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

Tech Adoption Still a Work in Progress: New Research Shows Mixed Results in K-20's Effort to Achieve Technology-Integrated Instruction

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

Tech Adoption Still a Work in Progress: New Research Shows Mixed Results in K-20's Effort to Achieve Technology-Integrated Instruction

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America's schools, colleges, and universities are making limited progress toward providing technology-rich environments for students. According to the results of a benchmark study released recently at the 2009 National Educational Computing Conference (NECC; http://center. uoregon.edu/ISTE/NECC2009) in Washington, DC, schools improved most over the last year in the area of broadband adoption, but are still weak in the use of technology for assessments and creating educational equity.

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The findings are part of a survey from the Software & Information Industry Association's (SIIA; www.siia.net) Vision K-20 initiative, an effort to "ensure that all students have access to a teaching and learning environment capable of preparing them to compete globally and lead the world in innovation." The annual project consists of questions that address 21st-century learning, differentiated instruction, mobile/online access, assessment tools, enterprise support, and demographics. The survey is meant to be used as a benchmarking tool for individual institutions, as well as a means to aggregate data for SIIA's national report. Results from the survey indicate the progress that schools are making toward the goal of 100 percent adoption and effective use of technologies in the surveyed areas.

This year's findings were mixed. They showed that, in general, higher education is further along than K-12 in various measures. …

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