The top 10 ed-tech stories of 2010: No. 5

According to federal officials, this new initiative would “include a focus on integrating technology into instruction and using technology to drive improvements in teaching and learning” throughout all subject areas. Most of the money would be awarded through competitive grants to state and local education agencies, but ED also would set aside money for national activities, such as grants to support research and technical assistance, grants to “strengthen the use of technology in the core academic subjects”; and a competitive grant program to encourage the development of “high-quality digital educational content for children.”

But ed-tech advocates say that’s not enough—and Congress should continue funding educational technology through its own dedicated funding stream, they say.

“We know that providing all children with a high-quality education that will enable them to succeed in a global economy predicated on knowledge and innovation is both a moral imperative and critical to America’s economic future,” stated several dozen state and national education groups and high-tech companies in letters to House and Senate lawmakers, urging them to continue funding the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) block-grant program in fiscal 2011.

“Educational technologies are mission critical to this purpose. Congress included EETT as a core provision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act … to ensure a sustained, systematic, and coordinated investment in educational technology leadership needed to drive education innovation and continuous improvement,” the letters said.

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Feds release draft of new national ed-tech plan

Nation’s ed-tech chief reacts to budget concerns

Educators respond to national ed-tech plan

Education groups rally support for EETT

Librarians weigh in on national ed-tech plan

Ed-tech innovators share their vision for education

Former governors fight for digital learning

ED releases final version of National Ed-Tech Plan

Growth of online instruction continues, though unevenly

Panel: Remove barriers to digital learning

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