SALTIS supports positive vision
for ICT in education
23rd June 2010
SALTIS supports the vision for ICT in education which has been produced jointly by 27 key organisations and is published by NAACE today. The joint statement emphasises the positive contribution that ICT will make to improving educational outcomes, increasing efficiency and diversity, and supporting the country’s long-term economic recovery.
Crispin Weston, Chairman of SALTIS, commented, “NAACE has performed a valuable service in bringing together such a wide range of expertise and highlighting the vital role of technology in our education system. This statement marks the start of a conversation with government over how the potential benefits of ICT in education can be achieved in the current economic climate.
“SALTIS believes that innovative uses of educational technology will emerge from a flexible market, based on open data standards. We are encouraged by the prominent place given by the Cabinet Office’s ICT Strategy to establishing such standards. We look forward to working with the Department for Education to ensure that the relevant government data standards are developed in tandem with globally-recognised industry standards for learning, education and training”.
SALTIS (Suppliers Association for Learning Technology and Interoperability in Schools) was established in October 2007 by its current Chairman as a working group of the British Education Suppliers Association (BESA), specifically to address issues around technical interoperability in schools. Over 125 companies and organisations have jointed SALTIS as members or partners.
The joint Vision for ICT in Education has been published by NAACE (National Association of Advisors for Computers in Education) at http://www.naace.co.uk/www.naace.co.uk/1059.
The ICT Strategy described on page 5 of the Cabinet Office Structural Reform Plan, available at http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/media/414879/srp-cabinet-office.pdf, includes commitments to “establish government wide open standards” and to “create a level playing field for open source software”.
In an interview with ZDNet on 13 April, a Conservative spokesman explained that they intended to “create a level playing field for open-source IT by implementing open standards across government IT systems”. See http://www.zdnet.co.uk/news/regulation/2010/04/13/conservatives-stress-need-for-speed-40088572/.
Since August 2009, SALTIS has been working with Becta to improve interoperability between Virtual Learning Environments and other learning software.
For further information on SALTIS, see http://www.saltis.org or contact its Chairman, Crispin Weston, at firstname.lastname@example.org or on his mobile on 07780 811 806.