Research, Surveys & Forecasts


Meta-Analysis: Technology-Led Education Drastically Curbs Recidivism

Education programs in prison have a massive impact on recidivism. Based on a new study, the largest to date measuring the effectiveness of prison education programs, "inmates who participated in correctional education programs had 43 percent lower odds of returning to prison than inmates who did not." The study also set out to find whether technology-led instruction among inmates could cut down on recidivism as well as teacher-led instruction. The results were positive.

Report: The Future of Collaboration Is Cross-Platform

By 2016, most collaborative technologies will be available across devices, from Web browsers to desktop software to native smart phone and tablet apps, according to a new report.

HP Keeps Lead in Server Market Despite Drop in Shipments

The worldwide server market grew a modest 4 percent in the second quarter of 2013 in terms of unit shipments but declined overall in revenue, according to a new report from market research firm Gartner.

Workstations on the Rise Amid PC Slump

Despite a sluggish overall PC market, high-end workstations are continuing to experience growth in 2013.

'Almost Everyone' Actively Trying To Avoid Surveillance Online

Based on the findings of a new survey from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, the vast majority of Americans are actively taking steps to avoid online surveillance by the government or other organizations or individuals.



Smart Phones To Surpass 1 Billion Units This Year

One out of every seven human beings in the world will get a new smart phone this year. According to a new forecast from market research firm IDC, more than 1 billion new smart phones will make their way into consumers' hands in 2013, the first time it will reach that mark in a single year.

Cato Research: States Under-Report Education Spending

According to a new report from the Cato Institute, few state education departments provide financial information that's complete or timely or understandable by the public.

Outlook for Tablets Lowered Even as Education Segment Helps Propel Growth

Tablets are facing strong competition from an unexpected segment of the computing industry: smart phones. Just as tablets have chipped away at PCs in recent years, in coming years larger smart phones will cut into some of the growth previously forecast for the tablet market, according to a new report.

Report: Digital Badges Help Learners Demonstrate Accomplishments, Need Documentation for Credibility

Digital badges can help students pursue personal learning pathways and provide a standardized platform for learners to demonstrate their accomplishments, according to a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Mozilla Foundation.

Report Highlights Social Tech To Watch

Market research firm Gartner has released its 2013 Hype Cycle for Social Software and pointed out a handful of social technologies IT professionals should be aware of as they mature over the next few years.