ISTE today released its "Ed Tech Trio for 2011," identifying the top three education issues central to strengthening schools, instruction, and U.S. competitiveness.
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ISTE RELEASES 2011 U.S. EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY PRIORITIES
Ongoing School Improvement Efforts Demand Ed Tech Be Central to
Current Policy, Funding, Implementation Efforts
WASHINGTON, DC (January 18, 2011) – With both the White House and the U.S. Congress identifying education as a top policy priority for 2011, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) today released its “Ed Tech Trio for 2011,” identifying the top three education issues central to strengthening schools, instruction, and U.S. competitiveness.
- An Ed Tech Trio for 2011: ISTE’s U.S. Education Technology Priorities includes:
- Continued federal technology investment in existing ed tech programs such as Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) and the Preparing Teachers for Digital Age Learners Act (PTDAL);
- Recognition that education technology is central to successful school improvement efforts, including teacher and principal quality and school turnaround, and must be included as part of federal policy and funding priorities; and
- Closing the digital divide by following through on efforts to provide all students with access to broadband as well as Internet access to educational materials outside of school hours.
“We need to do more than tinker around the edges of school reform,” said ISTE CEO, Don Knezek. “If we’re really serious about strengthening U.S. schools and helping our students to compete in a global economy, we must make a serious commitment to education technology. Countries around the world recognize the essential role ed tech plays in school improvement and student success. It’s time for U.S. policy to catch up.
“Let’s invest in proven ed tech programs like EETT and PTDAL,” said Knezek, who began his career as a math teacher and school administrator, “and require ed tech as a component in all ongoing school improvement efforts. Opportunities expand in digital environments. Let’s leverage that in policy and in the classroom through authentic projects, problems that matter, and the tools, resources and strategies used by contemporary professionals in the disciplines. “
You can learn more about ISTE’s policy and advocacy activities in this video.
ISTE represents more than 100,000 educators worldwide, providing a voice for classroom teachers and education leaders committed to the innovative and effective uses of technology. ISTE’s Top 10 in ’10 list of priorities served as a primer for ideas subsequently built into U.S. broadband and education technology plans.