U.S. Department of Education Seeks Comment on National Technology Plan

March 29, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. ­-- The West Virginia Department of Education is encouraging teachers, parents and other stakeholders to provide feedback about a proposed national technology plan. The U.S. Department of Education earlier this month released an 80-page draft of a five-year National Educational Technology Plan, which has been updated to include 21st century learning skills powered by technology.

The draft can be found at http://www.ed.gov/technology/netp-2010 where comments also can be submitted.

The plan covers five key areas considered important to America’s economic growth and prosperity, especially in today’s global economy. They are

·         Learning: What and how people need to learn.
·         Assessment: Using data and authentic, timely assessment for continuous improvement.
·         Teaching: Connected teaching to other educators, students, parents, resources, growth.
·         Infrastructure: An “always-on” environment with people, processes, resources, policies, broadband, servers, software, management systems and administration tools.
·         Productivity: Applying technology to ensure personalized learning for successful student progress through graduation and beyond.
·         Grand Challenges: Rethinking basic assumptions, implementing a rigorous and inclusive process, designing and validating and integrated approach to meet competencies and build expertise.
Brenda Williams, executive director of the Office of Instructional Technology for the West Virginia Department of Education, was a member of the working group that created the text for the plan, held numerous stakeholder meetings around the nation, collected comments, met with technology-related associations for feedback and relied on working examples and research to plan the content.
“It was an honor to serve with those who dedicated hours of time and thought to the creation of the draft National Educational Technology Plan,” Williams said. “The plan is ultimately about learning, learning for all and how that may be accomplished with the planned, embedded, transformational use of educational technology.”
For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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