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Craig Barrett, chairman of Irish Technology Leadership Group, talks about the U.S. educational system, corporate outsourcing and tax rates. Barrett, the former chief executive officer of Intel Corp., speaks with Margaret Brennan on Bloomberg Television’s “InBusiness.”  (Source: Bloomberg)

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According to a survey by the Software and Information Industry Association, the wide adoption of institutions using Education technology to improve student learning and instruction has been occurring but, it has been slow in recent years.  The Vision K-20 pilot survey was implemented to benchmark the progress of different education institutions to see if they are meeting the Vision K-20 goals and measures.

Sixty-one percent of those represented in the survey are from k-12 institutions; while the remaining percentage of those represented in the survey are from post-secondary institutions. The results concluded that on average institutions are only 61% on their way to having institution leaders use technology tools for planning, budgeting, and decision making, and having students have access to courseware and technology based curriculum. The survey also shows that only 53% of  interactive adaptive, multimedia courseware and simulations (also known as 21st Century Tools)  are used in teaching and learning.

Despite the slow use of Education Technology, the survey concludes that institutions have made the most progress in the areas of 21st Century tools and Enterprise Support.  Eighty-Six percent of institutions have high-speed broad band access available for robust communication, administrative and educational needs and 85% of educators have access to the level of technology resources, training and support common to other professionals.

So all in all, institutions have the capability to utilize Education Technology within their institutions but many K-12 institutions still haven’t made the progress they hoped they would. According to the survey, K-12 institutions are lacking in their efforts to achieve the Seven Vision Goals compared to Post-Secondary institutions who seem to be doing much better in their efforts. The results showed that the  K-12 institutions that were surveyed are only 63% on their way to enabling students to learn from any place at anytime compared to Post-Secondary institutions who are 76% capable of enabling their students to learn at anytime or any place.

The other six goals of the Seven Vision Goals include:

1. Help Schools meet the needs of all students

2. Support accountability and inform instruction

3.  Deepen learning and motivate students

4. Facilitate communication, connectivity and collaboration

5. Manage the education enterprise effectively and economically and

6. Nurture creativity and self-expression

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