One key action that ED is taking in support of the plan is to develop “Online Communities of Practice,” which aim to give educators a forum to share best practices, form relationships, and work together to improve education through the use of ed tech. The first of these communities will launch in mid-2011, ED said.

The department also is working closely with the Federal Communications Commission to implement its ed-tech plan in coordination with the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, Cator said.

The ed-tech plan, formally called “Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology,” provides further details on how the administration plans to improve 21st-century education through the use of educational technology.