November 28, 2006

NYSUT encourages members to participate in survey on educational technology

Source: NYSUT Research and Educational Services

Over the next few weeks, the Metiri Group will be conducting random surveys of school districts regarding the use of technology in education. NYSUT urges all local leaders whose districts have been selected to actively support this important survey by encouraging members to participate.

Background

The New York State Board of Regents created a statewide Technology Policy and Practices Council  in March 2004. The council was created to advise the Regents on effective use of technology in achieving Regents goals, particularly in closing the performance gaps in K-12 education; advising on potential policy issues that related to technology; reporting on the use of technology to improve student performance, train teachers and professionals, provide educational and cultural content, and assist those with disabilities; and mapping the current technology capacity of educational institutions.

NYSUT has been involved on the Regents' council along with members of public and private K-16 institutions, BOCES, libraries, museums, public television, and community-based organizations.

To meet the goal of mapping the current technology capacity , the council has commissioned the Metiri Group to conduct an online survey as part of a wider survey on educational and instructional technology. Over the next few weeks the Metiri Group will be conducting random surveys of school districts. NYSUT urges all local leaders whose districts have been selected to actively support this important survey by encouraging members to participate.

Key points

  • NYSUT was involved in the decision to commission the Metiri survey.
  • Metiri is conducting a random survey; your district may or may not be selected.
  • This survey is about technology use at your school.
  • The survey is conducted online, in an easily accessible format.
  • Individual responses are completely confidential and will be collected directly by Metiri.
  • The survey can be completed by teachers in approximately 20 - 25 minutes.
  • The results of this study will inform the planning of educational technology policies in New York State.
  • The data from this survey will be available to all educational institutions in the first half of 2007.

For more information

Visit the New York State Department of Education online at http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/metirisurvey.htm.

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