Librarians weigh in on national ed-tech plan

ALA also observed that many libraries work together to support learning beyond the school walls.
Many school and public libraries work together to support learning beyond the school walls, ALA said.

School libraries are an important resource that should be leveraged as state and local leaders implement the recommendations in the National Education Technology Plan, the American Library Association (ALA) says.

In comments filed with the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on May 17, ALA said it applauds many of the plan’s recommendations. The organization also stated its case for why school librarians should play a key role in state and local discussions on school technology use.

“The school librarian, as an expert in new and emerging information and communication tools, intellectual property issues, … new interpretations of fair use and use of Creative Commons licensing, … and information literacies—now often referred to as “transliteracies”—is a critical team member,” ALA said.…Read More

Nation’s ed-tech chief reacts to budget concerns

Cator talks budget, EETT with eSchool News.
Cator discusses the president's proposed ed-tech budget with eSchool News.

Karen Cator, director of education technology for the U.S. Department of Education (ED), has heard the concerns from ed-tech groups about President Obama’s 2011 budget proposal, which would fold the largest single source of federal funding for school technology equipment, software, training, and support into a larger grant program that aims to promote effective teaching and learning.

The concerns about the lack of a dedicated funding stream for education technology in the 2011 budget are “valid,” Cator said. But she defended the administration’s approach by noting that it encourages the integration of technology throughout all content areas.

“Every pot of money is really an opportunity to purchase technology, or to engage with technologies, to reach the goals of the program,” she said.…Read More