We extend our appreciation to the thousands of individuals who participated in the numerous discussions, focus groups, presentations, webinars, public forums, and Web-based comment events that were held throughout the plan development process. A summary of the activities through which stakeholders contributed input is provided below.
We extend our deepest thanks to the members of the National Education Technology Plan technical working group for their extensive contributions to the plan's vision for the future of education:
The U.S. Department of Education initiated the development of Transforming American Education in spring 2009 to capitalize on the opportunities created by technological advancements and new research on learning that have emerged since the publication of the last national education technology plan in 2004.
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The model for learning presented in this plan assumes that we will develop, adopt, and ensure equitable access to a technology-based education system that provides effective learning experiences, assessments, and teaching and a comprehensive infrastructure for learning to support both formal education and all other aspects of learning.
Goal: Our education system at all levels will redesign processes and structures to take advantage of the power of technology to improve learning outcomes while making more efficient use of time, money, and staff.
Goal: All students and educators will have access to a comprehensive infrastructure for learning when and where they need it.
Goal: Professional educators will 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.
Goal: Our education system at all levels will leverage the power of technology to measure what matters and use assessment data for continuous improvement.
Goal: All learners will have engaging and empowering learning experiences both in and out of school that prepare them to be active, creative, knowledgeable, and ethical participants in our globally networked society.