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Putting Learning on the Map: Visualizing Opportunity in 21st Century Communities - To find out if all American learners have access to educational opportunities at the 21st Century level, the author suggests greater use of community mapping, exposing at the local level where there is an abundance of resources and where there is a dearth. Her report highlights examples of mapping initiatives from early childhood to higher education. (Lindsey Tepe, Education Policy, 2014)...

Learning at Home: Families Educational Media Use in America - Instead of companies that produce children's media declaring them to be educational, this study asks parents whether the media their children peruse is good for learning or growth. Researchers found nearly half of screen media 2- to 10-year-olds use is considered educational by their parents. Further, educational media use occurs most frequently among very young children. (Victoria Rideout, The Joan Ganz Cooney Center, January 2014)...

Education Technology - See the Institute for Education Sciences' What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) for recommendations on technology in education. The WWC reviews the research on the different programs, products, practices, and policies in education. Then, by focusing on the results from high-quality research, they try to answer the question “What works in education?” The goal is to provide educators with the information they need to make evidence-based decisions. (WWC, September 2013)...

Why High Schools Should Treat Computer Programming Like Algebra - It's time to stop thinking of computer programming as a specialty subject. Schools should respect it as a fundamental skill. That was one idea presented at the Technologies in Education forum sponsored by The Atlantic magazine. Others were that schools should make better use of video games to teach, that technology allows students to be treated individually instead of like widgets, and that graduate schools would be forerunners in the use of technology for advanced degrees. Finally, schools should be used to build better broadband for everyone in their communities. (Jordan Weissman, The Atlantic, May 2013) ...

The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2010 - The response to the annual student survey revealed themes about undergraduates' information technology (IT) experience, including student technology ownership, use of and skill with IT, experience with IT in courses and perceptions of how IT contributes to their academic experience. The survey responses told a lot about how students view and use IT. (Educause Center for Applied Research, October 2010)...

Fostering the Use of Educational Technology: Elements of a National Strategy - This report identifies principles for guiding public officials, educators, and others concerned with increasing the use of technology to improve the performance of schools and school systems. Prepared as a result of RAND's Critical Technologies Institute (CTI) participation in federal efforts to plan a research agenda and develop a national educational technology plan, it is based upon a series of workshops, interviews, and literature reviews. This report takes stock of the current status of the use of technology by U.S. public elementary and secondary schools and suggests some of the challenges that face educators and policymakers as they seek to expand and deepen the use of technology in schools. (Rand's Critical Technologies Institute, September 2010)...

National Broadband Plan--Chapter 11: Education - The demands of the new information-based economy require substantial changes to the existing education system. Broadband can be an important tool to help educators, parents and students meet major challenges in education. This report contains recommendations to: (1) Help improve online learning both inside and outside of the school; (2) Gather and provide data that fosters innovation; and (3) Change the E-rate program which offers schools and libraries discounted services to improve broadband availability. (FCC, March 2010)...

National Broadband Plan--Executive Summary - In early 2009, Congress directed the Federal Communications Commission to develop a National Broadband Plan to ensure every American has "access to broadband capability." The plan needed to include a detailed strategy for achieving affordability and maximizing use of broadband to advance "consumer welfare, civic participation, public safety and homeland security, community development and education--among other things. To fulfill Congress's mandate, the plan seeks to ensure that the entire broadband ecosystem is healthy. The plan makes recommendations to the FCC, the Executive Branch, Congress and state and local governments. (FCC, March 2010)...

Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology - This 80-page draft of a five-year National Educational Technology Plan (NETP), presents a model of 21st century learning powered by technology, with goals and recommendations in five important areas: learning, assessment, teaching, infrastructure and productivity. (U.S. Department of Education, March 2010)...

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