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National Ed Tech Plan Released

Posted on 03/25/2010

Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan has released a draft of the National Education Technology Plan (NETP).  This document, entitled "Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology,"  describes how information and communication technologies can help transform American education, and provides concrete goals to inform state and local educational technology plans, and recommendations to inspire research, development, and innovation.  To achieve these goals, the NETP calls for "revolutionary transformation" rather than "evolutionary tinkering."

The challenge for our education system, as stated in the NETP, is "to leverage technology to create relevant learning experiences that mirror students' daily lives and the reality of their futures…Learning can no longer be confined to the years we spend in school or the hours we spend in the classroom: It must be life-long, life-wide, and available on demand."  Included in the comprehensive NETP are goals and recommendations in five essential areas:

  • Learning
  • Assessment
  • Teaching
  • Infrastructure
  • Productivity

The NETP also identifies far-reaching “grand challenge problems” that should be funded and coordinated at a national level, with the ultimate grand challenge of "establishing an integrated, end-to-end real-time system for managing learning outcomes across our educational system at all levels." 

This NETP is a draft. "We are open to your comments," Secretary Duncan said. "Tell us about how technology has changed your school or classroom." Adults and lifelong learning are referenced in the plan, although the focus is on K12 education, and adult educators did weigh in during the initial comment period.

You can read the plan online, and learn how the how the plan was developed, share your comments, and view videos and examples of how technology is changing and improving education, and view Secretary Duncan's March 3 speech about educational technology.

The National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI) has also provided a thumbnail sketch of the plan for brief reading.