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National Education Technology Plan 2010

The National Education Technology Plan, Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology

The Tech plan calls for applying the advanced technologies used in our daily personal and professional lives to our entire education system to improve student learning, accelerate and scale up the adoption of effective practices, and use data and information for continuous improvement.
It presents five goals with recommendations for states, districts, the federal government, and other stakeholders. Each goal addresses one of the five essential components of learning powered by technology: Learning, Assessment, Teaching, Infrastructure, and Productivity.

National Education Technology Plan Executive Summary (555K)

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A Glimpse at the 2010 National Education Technology Plan
November 10, 2010 By Jim Shimabukuro

[... After a quick review of the executive summary, I was left with a number of questions: Does this plan, this model, provide the vision that the U.S. needs to strengthen its educational systems? Is it based on an accurate assessment and projection of the state of technology in the world and in education? Does it logically and clearly point the way to the best possible use of technology in education? Following the excerpts, I present some of my preliminary reactions to these questions. <snip>
Unfortunately but not unexpectedly, the plan turns on the one area that effectively immobilizes innovation outcome assessments. And the model for this measurement-based hub is industry:
- Education has not incorporated many of the practices other sectors regularly use to measure outcomes, manage costs, and improve productivity, a number of which are enabled or enhanced by technology. As other sectors have learned,we are unlikely to improve outcomes and productivity until we define and start measuring them. This starts with identifying what we seek to measure. It also requires identifying costs associated with components of our education system and with individual resources and activities so that the ratio of outcomes to costs can be tracked over time. (xx) [highlight added]
Furthermore, the essential role of technology in this model is also assessment, described in words that take us back to the early 20th century principles of scientific management:
We must apply technology to implement personalized learning and ensure that students are making appropriate progress through our P16 system so they graduate. We must leverage technology to plan, manage, monitor, and report spending to provide decision-makers with a reliable, accurate, and complete view of the financial performance of our education system at all levels. (xiv)
Thus, despite the inclusion of the latest buzzwords such as online learning communities, engaging and empowering learning experiences, online social networks, 24/7 connectedness, technological alternatives to 1800s and early 1900s practices, a comprehensive infrastructure for learning, 21st-century competencies and expertise, such as critical thinking, complex problem solving, collaboration, multimedia communication, and technological competencies, the plan is held in check by bean-counting, the bureaucrats answer to change, innovation, reform. With this emphasis, I can't help but think that the only viable implementations will be those that are patterned after Michelle Rhees.
Finally, regarding online learning, the plan continues to view it as simply an extreme variation, a poor cousin, of blended learning:
As online learning becomes an increasingly important part of our education system, we need to provide online and blended learning experiences that are more participatory and personalized and that embody best practices for engaging all students. (xix)
With this limited perception of completely online learning, we can rest assured that brick and mortar-based practices will continue to anchor institutional change, negating the innovative possibilities of the virtual learning environment.]



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State Educational Technology Plans - Statewide long-range strategic educational technology plans for improving student academic achievement through the effective use of advanced technology in classrooms.

Attention CIO of the Department of Education Danny Harris.

Dr. Danny Harris is a 20+ year information technology and financial management veteran of the U.S. Department of Education

Anational disgrace in 2010!
As leader of Information Technology why haven't you required every Administrator in each school district and school in the United States to create a website?

You still can't be bothered to put your picture online while everyone else did. You protect your own privacy while you aggregate all data on every person in the national school database?

Teachers are assessed and "held accountable" but why aren't you held accountable for what IT Administrators do? IT Administrators were able to use computers to spy on kids because you never put an acceptable use policy in place nationwide. What a cushy 20+ year job.

Deputy Chief Financial Officer (December 2004- September 2008); Director, Financial Systems Operations, Office of the Chief Financial Officer (September 1998-September 2008); Acting Director of Financial Management Operations (September 1998-March 1999)

Professional Development

National Center for Technology Planning

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Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning
Shares its successful technologies and curriculum models, including access to the EdCITE Reference Database of over 230 research and case studies on the effective use of technology in education.

National Center for Education Statistics' K-12 Practitioners
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Professional Development The toolkit is available online. Single print copies may be ordered free of charge through NCREL's on-line catalog at or by calling 800-356-2735.
A Toolkit for Schools and Districts Based on the National Awards Program for Model Professional Development from North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL).

National Center for Technology Planning
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In recognition of changes in education and technology since 1996, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology is undertaking a strategic review and revision of the national educational technology plan, Getting America's Students Ready for the 21st Century: Meeting the Technology Literacy Challenge.

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The revision
of the plan will be completed by
fall 2000

and will include the development of new national goals for the effective use of technology in education. A number of activities have occurred to date to help prepare for this revision, including:

  • Commissioning of white papers on the future of technology in K-12 education and on the use of technology in the content areas.
  • Convening of the Forum on Technology in Education: Envisioning the Future to explore the implications raised in the white papers and to identify emerging priorities for the use of technology in education.
  • Development of a website to describe this initiative and all its components, which can be found at, beginning on April 17, 2000.

In moving forward with the revision of the plan, the Office of Educational Technology is soliciting comments on the emerging priorities originally identified by Forum participants. Comments can be provided at a website that can be accessed from beginning on April 17, 2000, according to the following schedule:

Comment Period Priority
ubiquitous access to state-of-the-art information technology in their classrooms, schools, and communities.

4/17 - 5/5 Teachers and technology: All teachers will effectively use technology.

4/17 - 5/5 Students and technology: All students will be technologically literate and responsible cybercitizens.

5/8 - 5/19 Research and development: Research, development and evaluation will shape the next generation of technology applications for teaching and learning.

5/8 - 5/19 E-learning and education: Education will drive the e-learning economy.

4/17 - 5/19 Other topics: Any other priorities not addressed above.

Alternatively, comments may be submitted on the same schedule to:

"Revising the National Educational Technology Plan"
c/o American Institutes for Research
1000 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
202-944-5444 (fax)

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