Incorporating technology into education tops a lot of priority lists in government--but officials also face a quandary in how to make a significant investment in it with limited resources.
Governors from Iowa, Kentucky, Washington, and Wyoming met with high-tech executives at a conference today to get some advice on the matter. "The Challenges of Technology--An ECS Forum for Governors and CEOs," held in Portland, Oregon, brought together the governors and 14 chief executives and company presidents during the annual meeting of the Education Commission of the States, a nonprofit, bipartisan organization that seeks to help legislators develop improved education policies.
The tech executives said the governors should understand the return on investments into education technology before making the investments.
"This meeting gave us policy makers an opportunity to have a frank discussion with technology industry leaders and hear the issues CEOs feel are important," Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said in a statement. "It also gave the CEOs a better perspective about the complexities inherent in education--they came away with a better understanding of this market."
Other recommendations from the executives included the following:
Forum participants included executives from Jostens Learning, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Computer Curriculum Corporation, Digital Education Systems, the Learning Company, US West, and Gateway, among others.