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2010 U.S. National Education Technology Plan

Date: 2010

Author: Daniel E. Atkins (University of Michigan), John Bennett (Akron Public Schools), John Seely Brown (Deloitte Center for the Edge), Aneesh Chopra (White House Office of Science and Technology Policy), Chris Dede (Harvard University), Barry Fishman (University of Michigan), Louis Gomez (University of Pittsburgh), Margaret Honey (New York Hall of Science), Yasmin Kafai (University of Pennsylvania), Maribeth Luftglass (Fairfax County Public Schools), Roy Pea (Stanford University), Jim Pellegrino (University of Illinois), Chicago David Rose (Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST),) Candace Thille (Carnegie Mellon University), Brenda Williams (West Virginia Department of Education)

Affiliation: US Department of Education


The National Education Technology Plan 2010 (NETP) calls for revolutionary transformation rather than evolutionary tinkering. The plan recognizes that technology is at the core of virtually every aspect of our daily lives and work, and we must leverage it to provide engaging and powerful learning experiences and content, as well as resources and assessments that measure student achievement in more complete, authentic, and meaningful ways. Technology-based learning and assessment systems will be pivotal in improving student learning and generating data that can be used to continuously improve the education system at all levels. Technology will help us execute collaborative teaching strategies combined with professional learning that better prepare and enhance educators' competencies and expertise over the course of their careers. To shorten our learning curve, we should look to other kinds of enterprises, such as business and entertainment, that have used technology to improve outcomes while increasing productivity.

We also should implement a new approach to research and development (R&D) in education that focuses on scaling innovative best practices in the use of technology in teaching and learning, transferring existing and emerging technology innovations into education, sustaining the R&D for education work that is being done by such organizations as the National Science Foundation, and creating a new organization to address major R&D challenges at the intersection of learning sciences, technology, and education.

Goals and Recommendations:

All learners will have engaging and empowering learning experiences both in and out of school that prepare them to be active, creative, knowledgeable, and ethical participants in our globally networked society.

Our education system at all levels will leverage the power of technology to measure what matters and use assessment data for continuous improvement.

Professional educators will be supported individually and in teams by technology that connects them to data, content, resources, expertise, and learning experiences that enable and inspire more effective teaching for all learners.

All students and educators will have access to a comprehensive infrastructure for learning when and where they need it.

Our education system at all levels will redesign processes and structures to take advantage of the power of technology to improve learning outcomes while making more efficient use of time, money, and staff.

To read the Plan in its entirety, click here.

Source Article: http://www.ed.gov/sites/default/files/netp2010-execsumm.pdf