For Immediate Release
January 12, 2010

ISTE Announces Its “Top Ten in ‘10” Education Technology Priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has announced its “Top Ten in ‘10” education technology priorities for the New Year. These priorities offer policy makers and educators a prospective framework for consideration as legislative and funding decisions are made.

States and school districts are seeing a renewed focus on educational improvement in 2010, with high-stakes federal award programs such as Race to the Top (RttT) and Investing in Innovation (i3) and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act on the horizon.

“No matter what kind of improvement path a state or school district may follow,” says ISTE CEO Don Knezek, “the use of technology in learning and teaching is essential for real and lasting change.”

As policymakers and educators plan for the future, ISTE has identified 10 priorities essential for making good on this commitment in 2010:

1. Establish technology in education as the backbone of school improvement. Education technology can serve as a primary driver of excellence in school leadership, student achievement, professional practice, and the culture of learning.

2. Leverage education technology as a gateway for college and career readiness. Teachers who effectively integrate technology demonstrate the relevance of 21st century education, and keep more students engaged to graduate.

3. Ensure technology expertise is infused throughout our schools and classrooms. We must substantially increase our support for the federal Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) Program.

4. Continuously upgrade educators’ classroom technology skills. To be “highly effective,” PK-12 teachers must be able to use the modern information tools, digital content, and assessment strategies that support student learning.

5. Invest in preservice education technology. By fully funding programs such as Preparing Teachers for Digital Age Learners (PTDAL), we can ensure that the U.S. produces the most tech-savvy educator workforce in the world.

6. Leverage technology to scale improvement. Education technology offers one of the best ways to ramp up school improvement, providing immediate productivity and decision-making tools as well as access to the latest instructional innovations.

7. Provide high speed broadband for all. We must provide high-speed bandwidth to our nation’s classrooms through the E-Rate program. Home access to high-speed broadband is critical so that students and parents have access to school assignments, grades, announcements and resources.

8. Boost student learning through data and assessment efforts. Real-time data, assessment tools, and richer accountability measures help educators tailor teaching strategies to meet students’ individual needs and bolster their opportunities to succeed in school and beyond.

9. Invest in ongoing research and development. Solid investment in education R&D, particularly if focused on innovation in teaching and learning, ensures that we remain a global leader in this strategic domain.

10. Promote global digital citizenship. Growing competition in a flat world means technology is a great equalizer. It breaks down artificial barriers to effective teaching and learning, and provides incredible opportunities for collaboration across borders.

“For educators, these issues are paramount to improving the instructional process and boosting achievement for all students,” Knezek says. “As federal, state, and local policymakers focus on RttT, i3, the FY2011 budget and Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization, these issues must form the backbone of the discussion.”

To learn more about ISTE’s Top Ten in ’10, go to www.iste.org/advocacy. For additional comment and conversation, visit our blog, ISTE Connects, at www.isteconnects.org.

About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through innovative and effective uses of technology. ISTE is the trusted source in education technology for professional development, knowledge generation, advocacy, and leadership for innovation.

ISTE’s annual conference and exposition, formerly the National Educational Computing Conference, is one of the world’s premier educational technology events. ISTE is also home to the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS). The standards deliver a roadmap for global digital-age learning skills for students, teachers, and administrators.

ISTE members include individuals, regional and international affiliate organizations, and corporations. With its affiliate network, ISTE represents more than 100,000 education leaders and emerging leaders throughout the world.

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