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Draft National Educational Technology Plan

Secretary Arne Duncan invites comments on the draft National Educational Technology Plan.
Announced on March 5, the plan describes how information and communication technologies can help transform American education. It provides concrete goals to inform state and local educational technology plans, and recommendations to inspire research, development, and innovation.
This plan is a draft. "We are open to your comments," Secretary Duncan said. "Tell us about how technology has changed your school or classroom."
Read the plan. Share your comments, videos and examples of how technology is changing and improving education. See Secretary Duncan's March 3 speech about education technology.
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What's New
  • National Education Data Model (NEDM) http://nces.ed.gov/forum/datamodel/ (March 2010). The NEDM Version 2.0 is an expansion of a U.S. Department of Education project to develop a catalogue of data used in education and a description of the relationships among those data. Its mission is to create and maintain an open framework for education data systems based on current standards. Among many new features, Version 2.0 contains all federal P-20 reporting requirements, linkages among those data elements, and a functional view of data used in the teaching and learning process. NEDM 2.0 will help state and local information system developers make sure that they capture the necessary data and configure it for maximum effectiveness.
  • Educational Technology in Public School Districts: Fall 2008 (December 2009) http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2010/2010003.pdf This report provides national data on the availability and use of educational technology in public school districts during fall 2008. It is part of a set of surveys that includes district, school, and teacher surveys on the access and use of educational technology. This report presents district-level results on networks and Internet capacity, technology policies, district-provided resources, teacher professional development, and district-level leadership for technology. Specific topics include number of schools with a local area network; district networks; types of connections; formal computer replacement plans; types of technology resources offered to teachers and students; written acceptable use policies; types of student data kept in an electronic data system; employment of educational technology leadership; and teacher professional development offered or required by districts.
  • Use of Education Data at the Local Level: From Accountability to Instructional Improvement (January 2010) http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/opepd/ppss/reports.html#edtech The national Study of Education Data Systems and Decision Making examined both the implementation of student data systems and the broader set of practices involving the use of data to improve instruction, regardless of whether or not the data were accessed through an electronic system. Earlier study reports have documented a dramatic increase in the proportion of teachers with access to a student data system between 2005 and 2007 and described school practices with respect to data use and the challenges that are part of student data system implementation. This final report builds on the picture of local practices in implementing data-driven decision making provided in the earlier reports by presenting data from the national district survey as well as from site visits conducted during 2007–08 to 36 schools in 12 districts. The study found that States and districts are making significant progress in building educational data systems and are starting to use that data to change classroom practice and improve student achievement, but school leaders are still searching for the best models to mine the data to discover the best instructional methods for students.

About OET

The Office of Educational Technology (OET) provides leadership for maximizing technology's contribution to improving education at all levels. OET develops national educational technology policy and ensures that Department educational technology programs are coordinated and consistent, and support efforts across the federal government. In addition, OET supports the Department's Mission and the President's and Secretary's priorities by leveraging the best modern technology to:
  • support progress toward college and career-ready standards and rigorous assessments that will improve both teaching and learning;
  • connect and support teachers and ensure all students have access to highly effective teaching;
  • engage students and turn around low-performing schools; and
  • improve student learning, teacher performance, and college and career readiness through enhanced data systems.
The Director of the Office of Educational Technology is Karen Cator.
Contact information:
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Room 7E222
Washington, DC 20202
Phone: (202) 401-1444
Fax: (202) 401-3941