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ED releases final version of national ed tech plan


Last week, the Department of Education unveiled its “National Education Technology Plan“—a broad document that outlines how schools can best use all types of technology to provide students with more individualized learning experiences, offer more professional development opportunities for teachers, and use technology to improve district management processes and operations. It’s big and exciting and quite daunting, but what does it all really mean for schools?”Board members and school leaders can look to this document as a way to expand their thinking about technology’s role in their own districts,” says Ann Flynn, NSBA’s director of education technology programs.

The plan centers on five categories: learning, assessment, teaching, infrastructure and productivity. For example, teaching literacy is one way that these practices might be applied to classrooms: young students could play computer games and watch videos to learn the alphabet and sound each letter. Older students, meanwhile, could link to an online workshop to improve their writing skills.

Flynn added, however, that districts must make sure they have the money to support staff training as well as the technology infrastructure.

“While technology should be transparent across a district and naturally embedded in the vision and budget for delivering particular content or a service, school leaders must ensure that the essential underlying investments in both technical and human infrastructure are supported in districtwide budgets to ensure the promise of those investments,” she said.

Karen Cator, the director of the Education Department’s Office of Educational Technology, answered questions about the plan and its challenges in the October issue of ASBJ. Also read more in School Board News.

Joetta Sack-Min, Associate Editor

Naomi Dillon|November 15th, 2010|Categories: American School Board Journal, Educational Technology, Policy Formation|Tags: , , |

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