National ed-tech plan coming next week

“The plan will also articulate what we consider to be ‘grand challenges’ for schools when considering this new plan,” explained Cator. “These challenges include the need for an integrated learning system that is tuned to adapt to individual learners, providing cost-effective assessments that measure 21st-century expertise across disciplines, the ability to share data and best practices, and how best to incorporate online learning.”

The plan appears to have evolved since Cator previewed it in December at the Ed-Tech Business Forum, a program presented by the Education Division of the Software and Information Industry Association. In her December presentation, Cator referred to four areas of focus that did not include infrastructure.

Cator said the new ed-tech plan will be posted to ED’s web site within the next week, and all education stakeholders are encouraged to provide links to student videos and best practices, as well as leave advice and comments on each section of the plan.

“This is a vision document at this stage, just a draft,” she explained. “Therefore, we haven’t included much [information] about actual implementation yet, such as what we will do and when.”


U.S. Department of Education

National Education Technology Plan

Consortium for School Networking

Meris Stansbury

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