The final version of the new National Educational Technology Plan includes a focus on individualized instruction and connectivity, and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said meeting the plan’s goals will help the nation’s students enter college and the workforce prepared to compete on a global level. Duncan unveiled the final version at the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) Education Forum on Nov. 9, about eight months after the federal Education Department (ED) issued a first draft of the plan and solicited comments from ed-tech stakeholders. The final version outlines five goals: (1) using educational technology to fundamentally change the learning process by making it more engaging and tailored to individual student needs and interests; (2) using ed tech to develop a new generation of assessments; (3) connecting teachers with their peers and experts so they are always up-to-date on the resources available to them; (4) building infrastructure that lets schools support access to technology in and out of the classroom; and (5) Harnessing the power of educational technology to increase school district productivity and student achievement. “If we accomplish all of these goals, we’ll have realized the advance potential for technology to prepare students for success in the internationally competitive, knowledge-based economy,” Duncan said.

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