4. Build on the recommendations from the National Educational Technology Plan and the National Broadband Plan in any future education legislation.
5. Invest in ongoing educational technology research and innovation.
Pointing to examples of existing success at schools in multiple states, the report says using educational technology can increase equity and access, maximize teacher and administrator effectiveness, and ultimately improve student outcomes.
For all students, and especially for students in rural areas, technology can boost achievement by presenting a wider range of course offerings and a more personalized learning experience, the report argues.
Furthermore, effective technology application can help educators across the country collaborate on strategies to meet the Common Core state standards already adopted by 44 states and the District of Columbia, it says.
“Through technology, we can provide every student [with] access to a high-quality education that is tailored to their learning pace, style, and interests,” said Jeb Bush in a statement. “Yet, the U.S. education system currently operates as an eight-track tape in an iPod world. Students deserve better.”
The report highlights opportunities for the federal government to spread these positive results by supporting digital learning. In particular, the report calls for a new Elementary and Secondary Education Act (currently known as No Child Left Behind) that will encourage states and districts to use educational technology.