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Survey Finds Strong Support for Educational Technology

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Survey Finds Strong Support for Educational Technology
by Leila Meyer, 03/14/11

“Most educational leaders around the world support technology in education and believe it is increasingly transforming teaching and learning, according to an international survey commissioned by Cisco and conducted by Washington, DC-based Clarus Research Group. The survey revealed that education is transitioning to the new “connected learning” networked economy, which requires technological skills development for increased global competitiveness in education.

“Clarus conducted telephone interviews with 500 educational administrators and information technology decision-makers in 14 countries across five continents. Half of the respondents were from K-12 schools, and the other half were from colleges and universities.”

• “The majority of people surveyed indicated they see potential for technology to improve student employment prospects, distance education opportunities, student engagement, communication and collaboration, and research capabilities. Most also said they see technology as a way to reduce costs. However, online security rates high on the list of concerns.”
• “The three teaching and learning issues affected by technology rated most critical were teamwork and project-based learning, student engagement, and preparation for the workforce.”
• “Eighty-six percent of respondents indicated a need for programs and curriculum that help students develop teamwork skills.”
• “Eighty-five percent of respondents reported they believe technology plays an increasingly large role in student engagement and participation.”
• “Eight-three percent of respondents considered educational technology critical to preparing students to compete in a global economy and ensuring their employability after graduation.”

“Other issues of importance identified in the survey included:
• Using technology to improve communications with students, parents, faculty, and staff;
• Protecting students from Internet abuse;
• Strengthening on-campus data security;
• Using “presence” technology in teacher training and staff development;
• Using technology to reduce administrative costs and improve cost-efficiency;
• Embedding video and multimedia in the learning process;
• Investing in data-driven assessments and decision-making systems; and
• Expanding online international education.
• The priorities of survey respondents varied by region.”

Stephen

Posted on: March 22, 2011, 8:13 am Category: Uncategorized

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