Embrace Technology Faster, Survey Says

Educators would like to see the institutions they work for move more quickly to integrate technology to enhance student learning, according to a new survey.

The 2013 Vision K-20 survey commissioned by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) found that respondents at both K-12 and post-secondary levels want technology integrated at a much higher level, but need more support and assistance to make that happen.

Nearly 1,500 educators and administrators representing all levels of K-20 education completed the survey, the SIIA says.

Other survey findings: More education institutions are expected to embrace bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies over the next five years. Such policies are much more prevalent at post-secondary and secondary levels—20 percent of the respondents from elementary schools allow BYOD, compared with 48 percent for secondary school respondents. At colleges and universities, 95 percent of those from four-year institutions and 83 percent of those from two-year institutions say their schools allow BYOD. K-12 are much more likely than higher-education institutions to place restrictions on the use of personal devices in the classroom.

The survey also found that levels of technology integration at schools are holding steady despite budget challenges and that interest in technology integration continues to remain high.

The SIIA says it created the Vision K-20 Initiative “to promote the best uses of technology to ensure that all U.S. students have access to an environment capable of preparing them to compete globally and lead the world in innovation.”

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