Technology is an essential component of student learning
The 2016 NETP plan articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible.
Technology is an essential component of learning today. With digital applications, tools and resources, students can create content, interact with experts, collaborate with peers and participate in simulation activities. Personalized learning experiences put students at the center of learning and empower students to take control of their own learning through flexibility and choice. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) acknowledges technology’s role in transforming learning and includes definitions for digital learning and blended learning, and references technology throughout the legislation. In the Non-Regulatory Guidance Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants publication provides an overview of activities LEAs may consider as they prepare for implementation of the effective use of technology (ESEA Section 4109). Specific activities include: supporting high-quality professional development for educators, school leaders, and administrators to personalize learning and improve academic achievement; building technological capacity and infrastructure; carrying out innovative blended learning projects; providing students in rural, remote, and underserved areas with the resources to benefit from high-quality digital learning opportunities; and delivering specialized or rigorous academic courses and curricula using technology, including digital learning technologies.
Similarly, the National Education Technology Plan (NETP) calls for a “revolutionary transformation rather than evolutionary tinkering” in education and recognizes that we must leverage technology to provide engaging and powerful learning experiences for all students. Technology offers all students – urban, rural, low-income, ESL, special needs, high achieving – the opportunity to engage in dynamic learning activities. Education leaders at the federal, state, and local level have the opportunity to provide leadership to ensure that all students have personalized, engaging learning experiences.
U.S. Department of Education Initiatives and Resources
- ESSA, EdTech & the Future of Education
- Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
- Non-Regulatory Guidance Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants
- National Education Technology Plan (NETP)
- The Office of Educational Technology (OET), in the Office of the Secretary, provides leadership for transforming education through the power of technology.
- The Obama administration blueprint for revising the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was released in March 2010.
- In September 2010, the Race to the Top Assessment Program provided initial funding to consortia of states to develop next generation assessments, including a requirement that states ‘use technology to its maximum extent to develop, administer, and score assessments and report assessment results.
- The U.S. Department of Education’s national education technology plan, Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology – which presents goals and recommendations for states, districts, the federal government, and other stakeholders – was released by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the SETDA Leadership Summit in November 2010.