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The Progress of Education Reform 2006: Technology in Education PDF - This issue of The Progress of Education Reform highlights several of the major influences and consequences of technology on education reform at the school, district and state levels. Included are discussions on the impact of one-to-one computing on teaching and learning, lessons learned from large-scale student-laptop programs and the possibility and proliferation of "digital learning spaces" in the near future. (Suzanne Weiss, The Education Commission of the States, January 2006)...

Using Technology To Improve Accountability Systems MS Word - Technology provides ways of designing, collecting and sharing information that can help improve accountability systems and outcomes. This paper gives a set of criteria to educators and policymakers to help them make better technology choices that improve learning and make teachers more effective. It reviews issues that must be considered such as security, compatibility, resilience and transparency. It provides examples of effective use of technology available now and it shows elements of design and technology in practice in two very different school district settings. (Eva Baker, Education Commission of the States, July 2003)...

Investing in K-12 Technology Equipment: Strategies for State Policymakers MS Word - A team of education technology and finance experts looked at the current installed base of technology in the nation’s public schools and identified strategies for future investments. The intent of this report is to focus on investment strategies for technology equipment, notwithstanding the fact that equipment is only one portion of the investment package. (Dixie Griffin Good, Education Commission of the States, January 2001)...

Education: Uses of Information Technology: A View for State Leaders PDF - Higher education is being swept up in an irreversible transformation. Technology is spreading everywhere, even in the academy: more than 40% of all courses in American colleges and universities now include some use of new technology. Students increasingly come to campus expecting to learn about but also to learn with technology. Achieving technology's potential to extend access and improve higher education entails some major challenges. (Margaret A. Miller and Steven W. Gilbert, from Briefing Papers - Transforming Postsecondary Education for the 21st Century, Education Commission of the States, June 1999)...

Evaluating Education Technology MS Word - How do we know technology is working to improve teaching and learning? Despite overwhelming public support — seven out of 10 voters say it's important that the nation's schools be equipped with computers and up-to-date technology — the effectiveness of education technology is increasingly called into question. Periodic evaluations of education technology policies, practices and products are essential to policymakers who are responsible for making decisions and allocating resources. (Education Commission of the States, September 1998)...

2010 Horizon Report - The annual Horizon Report identifies and describes six areas of emerging technology likely to have a significant impact on teaching, learning or creative expression in higher education within three adoption horizons: a year or less, two to three years and four to five years. The areas of emerging technology cited for 2010 are: (1) Time to adoption of a year or less--mobile computing and open content; (2) Time to adoption two to three years--electronic books and simple augmented reality; and (3) Time to adoption of four to five years--gesture-based computing and visual data analysis. (New Media Consortium and Educause Learning Initiative, January 2010)...

Horizon Report 2010 K-12 Edition - This volume examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning and creative expression within the environment of K-12 education. Five trends identified as key drivers of technology adoptions for the period 2010 through 2015: (1) Technology is increasingly a means for empowering students; (2) Technology continues to profoundly affect the way we work, collaborate, communicate and succeed; (3) The perceived value of innovation and creativity is increasing; (4) There is increasing interest in alternate or non-formal avenues of education; and (5) The way we think of learning environments is changing. (New Media Consortium, January 2010)...

Educational Technology in Public School Districts: Fall 2008--First Look - This report provides national data on the availability and use of educational technology in public school districts during fall 2008. (Lucinda Gray and Laurie Lewis, Institute of Education Sciences, December 2009)...

Harnessing Innovation to Support Student Success: Using Technology to Personalize Education - In 2007-08, Secretary Spellings convened a series of three roundtable discussions with representatives from across the education and technology landscape, from teachers to CEOs, and a fourth roundtable with students. This paper is based on feedback from the rountables. It identifies five areas where federal, state and local governments can collaborate to build on the success of NCLB and accelerate the transformation of our education system. (U.S. Department of Education, October 2008)...

Networked for Learning: Enabling 21st Century Student Success - This paper argues that the 21st century requires a new model for education that relies on increased collaboration and a new approach to managing technology infrastructure. The paper focuses on two key concepts: (1) for students to succeed in life and work today, they must master 21st century skills; and (2) networked education is one of the most effective ways to support 21st century outcomes. Also available is an executive summary. (ENA, August 2006)...

Toward a New Golden Age in American Education: How the Internet, the Law and Today’s Students Are Revolutionizing Expectations - Over the next decade, the United States will face increasing competition in the global economy, an economy that is increasingly technology driven. It is vital to ensuring the economic future of the nation that students are adequately prepared, particularly in the areas of mathematics and science. This report examines why our students are not currently prepared, and provides recommended steps to ensure they will be in the future, examples of schools that are leading the way and state initiatives. The report’s recommendations include: (1) strengthen leadership; (2) consider innovative budgeting; (3) improve teacher training; (4) support e-learning and virtual schools; (5) encourage broadband access; (6) move toward digital content; and (7) integrate data systems. (U.S. Department of Education, January 2005)...

Greater Involvement Needed by FCC in the Management and Oversight of the E-Rate Program - The E-rate program is intended to help eligible schools and libraries acquire telecommunications and internet services, and the FCC has committed more than $13 billion for that purpose since 1998. This GAO report argues that the E-rate program was established by the FCC using an organizational structure unusual to the U.S. government and that the FCC then failed to conduct a comprehensive assessment to determine which federal requirements, policies and practices applied to it. Additionally, the FCC has not developed useful performance measures for assessing and managing the program and the FCC’s oversight mechanisms contain weaknesses that limit the FCC’s management of the program and its ability to understand the scope of any waste, fraud or abuse within the program. (U.S. Government Accountability Office, February 2005)...

The Learning Return on Our Educational Technology Investment: A Review of Findings from Research - This report summarizes major research findings related to technology use and discusses implications for how to make the most of technology resources. It focuses on pedagogical and policy issues related to technology. A major conclusion is that technology is most powerful when used as a tool for problem solving, conceptual development and critical thinking. The report includes sections on teacher training, access, long-term planning, desirable outcomes, teacher training, sufficient and accessible equipment, long-term planning, technical and instructional support, and alignment to curricula framework. (Cathy Ringstaff and Loretta Kelley, WestEd, 2002)...

E-Rate and the Digital Divide: A Preliminary Analysis from the Integrated Studies of Educational Technology MS Word - During the program's first two years, three out of four public schools and districts applied for the federal government's "e-rate" discounts on the cost of telecommunications services and equipment. The report also notes that much of the funding went to poor schools, and larger districts and schools. Participation rates vary by states, ranging from a low of 41% in Montana to highs of 93% in Georgia, 94% in Tennessee, 95% in Rhode Island, 96% in Arkansas and 99% in Hawaii’s single school district. (Prepared by Michael J. Puma, Duncan D. Chaplin and Andreas D. Pape at The Urban Institute for the U.S. Department of Education, September 2000)...


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