Librarians weigh in on national ed-tech plan

“As schools move toward making 24-7 learning more common, there needs to be a recognition that this will challenge some students’ ability to keep up with their peers simply because they do not have access to home broadband,” ALA said. “The public library supports these students, as well as students who may not have a robust enough home connection to effectively participate in online activities. Just as [schools’] infrastructure … must support multiple users and heavy bandwidth use, so must public library infrastructure.”

Finally, regarding student productivity, this should be measured “in a way that reflects how their performance will be measured and evaluated in the future workplace,” ALA said. “The goal of any productivity measurement should be to support learners and provide them authentic feedback that they can use for continual improvement and growth.”


American Library Association

U.S. Department of Education

National Education Technology Plan

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