The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) has announced the launch of its Vision K-20 Initiative intended to help educators and administrators integrate technology tools into day-to-day instruction and decision-making. In the announcement, SIIA notes that American students use 21st Century technologies in their personal lives everyday to learn, create content, and communicate with peers. SIIA education companies worked together to develop the Vision to serve as a guide for educational institutions to implement technology district and campus-wide.
The Vision K-20 Initiative calls for a coalition of education stakeholders - including teachers, administrators, university leaders, business executives and policymakers - to prepare students to thrive in an increasingly competitive and global marketplace. It promotes the combination of proven, well-implemented and well-supported technologies with solid educational approaches to sharpen America's innovative edge and increase the opportunity for every person to fulfill their promise through education, the announcement states.
This Vision is the first to go beyond an acknowledgement of the need for 21st Century learning and offer clearly-defined goals and benchmarks that will lead to large-scale, systematic change, according to the announcement. It outlines seven goals that address educational technology and five ways for academic institutions to measure their progress toward these goals on an annual basis From anytime/anywhere access to differentiated learning and assessments, the next three to five years should see increased accessibility to technology and efficient administration become standard. With those and other guidelines in place, K-20 institutions can use educational software and e-learning tools to support instruction and assessment, while motivating students through deepened learning and extended opportunities for creativity and collaboration.
SIIA has partnered with several organizations to promote the Vision and encourage educators and administrators nationwide to review and incorporate these goals into their institution's mission. "With help from our partners, we will give every education institution in the United States an opportunity to take a short, online survey to evaluate their current technology use," said Karen Billings, VP of Education for SIIA. Institutions will be able to use the Vision's benchmarks to monitor their progress and can complete the survey periodically as they work towards this Vision for K-20 education. SIIA will release the aggregated results and implications of this survey annually, beginning this year.
To celebrate and announce the Vision K-20 Initiative, SIIA's partnerships and the survey to monitor progress, SIIA hosted a dinner at the National Press Club March 12, 2008. Special guests included the partners committed to supporting SIIA in the Vision implementation: American Association of School Administrators (AASA), Campus Technology, Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), eSchool News, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Project Tomorrow, Schools Interoperability Framework Association (SIFA) and T.H.E. Journal. Education industry leaders from around the country and attendees of SIIA's Ed Tech Government Forum attended and showed their support for cooperation in building a competitive education system that prepares students through 21st Century learning.
For further information on SIIA's Vision K-20 Initiative, including the survey and additional resources, visit www.siia.net/visionK20.
Source: The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), www.siia.net