In 1994, Congress created six Regional Technology Education Consortia (RTECs) to support a coherent national strategy for technology implementation. Three are operated by Regional Education Labs and three are affiliated with universities. The RTEC initiative is up for reauthorization in Congress, so now is a good time to review their accomplishments:
South Central RTEC (http://www.scrtec.org) has created a suite of web-based tools to support technology integration, including Trackstar and Profiler that marshal technical and human support for various collaborative efforts at the classroom, building, school district, and state levels.
SouthEast and Island RTEC (http://www.seirtec.org) offers a wide range of professional development opportunities for educators at all levels. This TEC recently published both Spanish- and English-focus technology standards, and it is developing a CD-ROM for school administrators.
North Central RTEC (http://www.ncrtec.org) offers a12-hour course for K-12 teachers on technology integration, plus videotapes and CD-ROMs on best practices and search engine for finding pictures, graphs, and maps.
Pacific Southwest RTEC (http://www.psrtec.org) focuses on systemic change with an emphasis on cross-cultural, diversity-responsive teaching and learning strategies and community outreach programs.
Northwest Educational Technology Consortium (http://www.netc.org) creates publications, videos, and web sites that help schools integrate technology and address equity issues.
Northeast RTEC (http://www.nettech.org) offers professional development, online workshops, and technical assistance to states and school districts.