The Department of Education has released the National Education Technology Plan that has goals of raising the amount of college graduates to 60% and closing the achievement gap so that high school graduates are able to succeed in college. The National Education Plan addresses goals related to learning, assessment, teaching, infrastructure, and productivity.
According to this plan, all learners will have engaging and empowering learning experiences in and out of school that will allow them to be active, creative, knowledgeable and ethical participants in our globally networked society (U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology, 2010). I believe that this is an important goal because we have to prepare students to enter and compete in a new digital technology world.
The goal for teaching is for “educators to be supported individually and in teams by technology that connects them to data, content, resources, expertise, and learning experiences that can empower and inspire them to provide more effective teaching for all learners.” (U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology, 2010) In order to accomplish this goal, we need to make sure that educators have access, time, funding and support from administrators.
The plan identifies online learning and continuous professional development as ways to help meet this goal. New teacher training that involves experience and practice. I believe that professional development is essential in order to meet the needs of today’s technological world. We have many teachers who are eager to learn and try new approaches, however, we must provide the support and training to help them be inspired. After reading the National Education Technology Plan, I believe that we are moving in the right direction in terms of using technology to improve education.
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology, Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology, Washington, D.C., 2010.