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National Ed-Tech Plan

March 15, 2010

I have started to review the draft of the National Education Technology Plan.  It’s an interesting look at how the current administration views the effective use of technology in education.

The plan pushes the role of technology in creating more personalized learning opportunities for students.  It recommends the expanded use of multimedia curricula and altering traditional assessments.  Ms. Karen Cator, the Director of the U.S. Office or Educational Technology, stated that learning is at the center of the whole plan.  “Personalized learning is very participatory.  It’s not an isolated practice.”

The challenge right now is to provide the tools in the current economic climate.  Thankfully we have partners like the Foundation for Saline Area Schools to help with hardware needs and we have also been able to work with companies like Google to access free tools like Google Apps.

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  1. Michael McVey permalink
    March 16, 2010 7:33 am

    Two key words keep coming up in the NETP: engage and empower.

    Technology has an enormous power to engage students in learning and to empower their educational decisions. I was at one of the DC summits where ed tech leaders gathered to provide feedback and this document is a close reflection of the powerful ideas offered up that week.

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