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ISTE CEO Responds to New Ed Tech Plan

by User Not Found | Aug 09, 2012
“We’re pleased the plan leads with a call for ‘engaging and empowering learning,’” said ISTE CEO Don Knezek.

STATEMENT FROM ISTE CEO DON KNEZEK
ON RELEASE OF NATIONAL EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY PLAN

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC (November 9, 2010) – Following is a statement from Don Knezek, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), on the U.S. Department of Education’s release of its National Education Technology Plan (NET-P), Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology.

“We’re glad to see a plan for moving U.S. education forward into the digital age, particularly with our increased focus on college and career readiness.  And we’re pleased to see that the plan leads with a call for ‘engaging and empowering learning.’ Deep, personalized learning is absolutely essential to our vision for the future and to our daily educational practice.

Without question, teaching, assessment, infrastructure, and productivity are vital elements for student success and for effective schools.  In 2009, the USDoE began conversations about the NET-P with educators at ISTE’s annual conference and exposition.  Those committed and innovative leaders made clear that the effective use of technology in education is essential to improving the quality of our schools, instruction, and student achievement.

Since its founding, ISTE has been committed to collaborating with educators; federal, state, and local policy makers; businesses; and with the community at large to improve education through the effective use of technology.  We join with the U.S. Department of Education and Congress to ensure that this powerful focus on deep and personalized learning is both a part of our national plan and a foundational part of our daily classroom practice.”

The National Education Technology Plan, Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology, can be found at the following URL: www.ed.gov/technology

About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through innovative and effective uses of technology. ISTE is the trusted source in education technology for professional development, knowledge generation, advocacy, and leadership for innovation.

ISTE's annual conference and exposition, formerly NECC, is the world's premier educational technology event. ISTE is also home to the NETS - standards that deliver a roadmap for global digital-age learning, teaching and leadership.  

ISTE members include individuals, regional and international affiliate organizations, and corporations. With its affiliate network, ISTE represents more than 100,000 education leaders and emerging leaders throughout the world. www.iste.org

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