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

Report Calls for Tripling Investment in Ed Tech

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

Report Calls for Tripling Investment in Ed Tech

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* CURRENT IT FUNDING levels in education are simply inadequate to make any kind of impact on student achievement, according to a new report, "Unleashing the Potential of Technology in Education."

Technology makes up a mere 1.6 percent of overall spending in K-12 education--including hardware, software, support, outsourcing, and salaries. By way of comparison, the figures for "comparable labor- and knowledge-intensive industries" like healthcare reach as high as 6 percent of overall spending.

"The education sector continues to devote a far smaller portion of its spending to technology than do other sectors. It should be no surprise, then, that the investment in technology has yielded little overall impact on student achievement," says J. Puckett, one of the report's authors and global leader of the Boston Consulting Group's (BCG) education practice.

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The BCG report released earlier this summer calls not only for a greater financial commitment to education technology, but also for the adoption of a holistic, "closed loop" approach to its implementation in order to maximize its effectiveness.

That approach involves "a deeply aligned set of educational objectives, standards, curricula, assessments, interventions, and professional development," as well as the deep integration of technology "at every level to enable continuous improvement in both instruction and student outcomes. …

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