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ED releases final version of national ed tech plan

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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: , , |

The Week in Blogs

1324-1244037291TW67It was a busy week for education on the Hill, with the Obama administration releasing the National Education Technology Plan, the National Broadband Plan, and a blueprint for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which drew lots of news coverage, analysis, criticism, bemoaning, and scant praise which Mike Petrilli over at Flypaper summed up quite nicely.

We’ve long known the importance of the work we do in education, but it’s interesting to hear celebrities sound off on the triumphs and failures of public schools. Speaking of triumphs and failures, the Educated Nation gives a backwards compliment to blogger Penelope Trunk, who riffs on what success means and doesn’t. Definitely food for thought.

And while we’ve got you thinking, the New York Times wrote a fascinating (somewhat disturbing) piece on how privacy can sometimes be compromised in the age of information technology, prompting its editors at the Learning Network to pose this question: what can strangers learn about you online?

Based on my online activity, I’d think you could deduce it was a hectic week, though compared to Miss Brave, I’ve got nothing to complain about. Happy Friday everyone!

Naomi Dillon|March 19th, 2010|Categories: American School Board Journal, Week in Blogs|Tags: , , , |
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