The 10 biggest ed-tech stories of 2010

No. 5: The U.S. redefines its ed-tech goals with a new national plan.

In March, the Education Department (ED) released a draft version of its new National Educational Technology Plan, and after collecting responses from the public, the department issued a final version of the new plan in November.

No. 4: Online privacy becomes a key priority for federal regulators, lawmakers … and school leaders.

Giving web users more control of their personal information online became a key priority for members of Congress in the past year, as well as for federal regulators and the technology industry, which sought to head off regulation by suggesting guidelines of its own. The need for online privacy was driven home earlier in the year when a Pennsylvania school system was sued for using the webcams on district-issued laptops to “spy” on students.

No. 3: Education plays a key role in the new National Broadband Plan.

More students should have access to online learning, and the federal e-Rate program should be more widely deployed and should embrace and encourage innovation, according to the National Broadband Plan, which the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unveiled on March 16.

No. 2: Waiting for ‘Superman’ helps spur school-reform debate.

The controversial documentary film Waiting for ‘Superman’ has shined a national spotlight on the need for school reform, while sparking intense debate over how best to achieve this goal.

No. 1: Apple’s iPad spurs a whole new technology movement … and helps change how people read.

With a large touch screen that can display electronic texts in color, Apple’s iPad was greeted with huge enthusiasm by many ed-tech advocates when it debuted earlier this year. The device also inspired a host of competitors and sparked an eReader price war as it threatened to shake up the eBook market.

eSchool News Staff

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