FETC 2010 News

SIIA Launches Vision K-20 Survey for 2010

At the FETC 2010 conference in Florida, the Software & Information Industry Association this week opened its 2010 Vision K-20 Survey, part of the SIIA's "Vision K-20" effort toward developing a technology-based educational framework for K-12 schools, colleges, and universities.

The survey consists of questions related to 21st century learning, differentiated instruction, mobile/online access, assessment tools, enterprise support, and demographics. It's meant to be used as a benchmarking tool for individual institutions while also compiling aggregate data for a national report to be released at a later date. SIIA also said that, this year, participants who complete the survey by Feb. 24 will be founding contributors to a forthcoming Vision K-20 Video Portal.

"Using the Survey, institutions can track their progress toward achieving the goals outlined in the Vision plan, and better provide the education and infrastructure necessary to establish the next generation of global leaders," said Karen Billings, vice president of SIIA's Education Division, in a statement released Wednesday. "These are extremely challenging times, making it even more critical for educational institutions to use technology to achieve their goals and outcomes, and we hope this Survey will help for both short and long-term planning."

According to the SIIA, "Responses are sought from educators and administrators at a classroom/course, school/department, or district/campus level. The survey can be completed in less than 10 minutes, and the responder receives immediate results, showing to what extent their technology actually supports their students' educational needs. As this survey is conducted annually, educators can see their progress toward achieving the Vision's goals year-to-year, as well as how that progress compares to that of education institutions nationwide."

The survey closes May 15, 2010. Further information can be found here.

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