Survey Finds Modest Progress in School Technology Adoption
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) has released the results of its 2009 survey measuring current levels of technology adoption in schools against the organization’s “Vision K20” goals of ideal levels attainable in the next three to five years. The survey found measurable progress in 17 of 20 areas over 2008 but an overall increase of just 1 percent, to 62 percent of the SIIA’s Vision K20 benchmark.
The most significant improvement was in the adoption of broadband Internet access for online learning, enhancing communication, and providing access to multimedia content: Respondents had implemented 70 percent of the Vision K20 goals, up nearly 4 percent from last year. The lowest scores involved the use of technology-based assessment tools (46 percent), nurturing creativity and self-expression (60 percent), and helping meet the needs of all students through tools for the disabled (59 percent).
In a report summarizing the survey, the SIIA cites the difficult economy as a major factor in limiting progress but describes even such modest gains as “no small feat in the current recessionary environment” and acknowledges that “this rate of change is consistent with the pace for other transformations” in education. The SIIA believes that significant work needs to be done to reach its goals and calls on education leaders to make technology adoption a priority. The association admits, however, that “it remains to be seen what effects the recession and the education stimulus funds will have on the implementation of education technology budgets.” For the complete survey results, visit www.siia.net. —Kurt O.E. Dyrli