Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Cisco Survey Shows International Priorities in Education Technologies

In March, Cisco released the results of an international survey it commissioned about technology in education. The survey was conducted by research firm Clarus Research Group, who contacted educational administrators and IT decision-makers in 14 countries across 5 continents. A total of 500 educators offered responses in the survey, half from K-12 schools and half from colleges or universities. Educators in the United States were not included in this survey, though Cisco compared the results of this international survey with the results of a similar U.S. survey from 2010.

In all countries surveyed, the vast majority of educators, 85 percent, said they see technology as playing a “large role in how students learn” and that technology encourages student engagement and participation. Most also indicated they see potential for technology to improve student employment prospects, distance education opportunities, student engagement, communication and collaboration, and research capabilities. Particularly in Asia-Pacific, respondents said they “believe technology will play a critical role in preparing the workforce of the future.”

To help prepare students for working in a global economy networked together by technology, Cisco has recommended incorporating the following technologies/approaches in students’ education:
  • Use networked PCs or online approaches to teach so that students may progress at their own pace, freeing teachers to focus on students who need more help in certain areas.
  • Use technologies such as telepresence to educate students remotely and reduce the cost of delivering education to all students.
  • Use video and collaboration technologies to allow educators to be more effective and productive in teaching, anytime, anywhere.

What technologies play a large role in how students learn in your classroom?

1 comment:

  1. I happen to believe it as true. CISCO has educational partners around the world.