Stakeholders fight for ed-tech funds

The panel warned that without EETT funding, their districts would struggle to provide the professional development needed to integrate technologies that will help students prepare for college and 21st-century careers.

The Obama administration argues that states and school districts will be able to use federal funding from other sources to continue these activities.

That might be true for some initiatives, such as computer-based testing or online courses, but SETDA’s “Trends” report highlights other successful programs that might not exist without a dedicated source of funding for school technology. For example, by forming a purchasing consortium, Maryland counties have saved nearly a million dollars on access to digital databases, according to the report.


SETDA 2010 National Trends Reports

Virginia’s online testing

ACCESS Distance Learning

Michigan’s dropout challenge

Note to readers:

Don’t forget to visit the Enterprising Instruction resource center. Using data to inform instruction is one of the Obama administration’s keys to effective school reform, and technology is helping a growing number of educators accurately identify their students’ needs and deliver targeted—and timely—interventions when appropriate. To benefit fully from such a data-driven instructional model, schools need a system for tying their instructional and administrative processes together—in effect, bringing an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) approach to the classroom. Go to:

Enterprising Instruction

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