ERIC Number: ED392397
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Alaska Instructional Technology Survey Summary. March 1995.
In March 1995, the Alaska Department of Education conducted an instructional technology survey of all schools and school districts. The purposes of the survey were to collect data on the numbers and types of instructional technologies currently being used in Alaska schools, to collect information on the utilization of those technologies, to determine the level of priority for instructional technology in Alaska's schools, to determine what needs must be met in schools to employ technologies effectively, and to collect data which could be compared to results of a similar survey conducted in 1993. Information from the survey will be used by the Department in developing the Goals 2000 State Educational Technology plan, in working with districts in the area of instructional technology, in responding to requests for information regarding levels of technology in Alaska's schools, and in responding to proposed legislation on instructional technology. Responses were received from 48 of the 54 district offices (88%) and from 290 of the state's 467 schools (62%). Comments from respondents, some of which are displayed in box quotes to illustrate tabular data, produced the following findings: (1) wide disparities continue to exist across the state in the kinds of technologies available in schools; (2) schools are attempting to upgrade their technology but are limited by lack of funding; (3) the use of technology with students is seen as a high priority among a majority of school superintendents and principals; (4) establishing school and district networks is a new priority for many school districts, but only 24% have networks in place; (5) achieving access to the Internet is also a priority; (6) teacher training remains one of the highest needs for schools in the area of technology. Recommendations include that school districts should continue to plan for the implementation of technology with particular attention to teacher training, that the state and districts should work together to fund technology needs in the interest of educational equity, and that the state should examine possibilities of modernizing the telecommunications infrastructure for easier connectivity to the information superhighway. (Contains 24 figures and 4 tables.) (BEW)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Educational Facilities Planning, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Instructional Development, Internet, Public Schools, School Surveys, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Teacher Education, Technology Integration, Technology Planning
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Goals 2000