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K-12 Virtual Learning, 2012 (Jul 2012)
Deltek’s K-12 Virtual Learning, 2012 is ideal for both vendors and agencies looking to gain insight into how online schooling, 1:1 computing, and collaborative tools are transforming education.
A variety of technologies are transforming public K-12 education. Nearly every state offers some sort of online schooling, although uptake has been weak in most cases. ROI justifications for education technology have primarily been based on outcomes associated more with teachers and curriculum than with the technologies themselves. However, technology offers efficiencies that can expand instructional time in support of non-technology-driven outcomes.
Primary market drivers include:
- A steadily growing user base of teachers and students.
- Keen interest on the part of governors in educational goals, such as workforce investment and student-teacher performance, that can be facilitated by virtual learning.
- Several states implementing statewide online graduation requirements.
- Mature laptop/tablet offerings for district-wide use.
- High levels of educator confidence in online collaboration tools.
Data related to district 1:1 computing implementations and classroom utilization of technologies is spotty at best. However, available evidence indicates that the early adopter phase of 1:1 computing has passed. The next phase of growth will have to be driven by increased statewide coordination, such as has been seen in Idaho, and cooperative statewide purchasing to reduce costs. This will help bring smaller and economically challenged districts to market.