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February 24, 2014

Technology in Education: Privacy and Progress

I want to thank Jim Steyer and Common Sense Media for bringing this event together and starting this important dialogue – and for your tireless efforts to keep the digital world that our kids inhabit safe and healthy.

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Panel Shows What’s Possible in Education Technology

Last Monday, Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, who chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and committee member Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado co-sponsored a briefing on innovation in public education through the use of learning technologies. More than 50 Senate staff members came to hear from a panel I moderated that featured leaders in the ed tech field. 

The panelists, Dr. Stephen Elliott (founding director of the Learning Sciences Institute at Arizona State University), Jennie Niles (founder of the DC-based E.L. Haynes Public Charter School), and Jeremy Roberts (director of technology for PBS Kids Interactive), all concurred that the promise of technology to transform education has fallen short of expectations for the past two to three decades. However, they also all agree that we are finally at a time where many factors are converging to overcome historic barriers: increasingly ubiquitous broadband, cheaper devices, digital content, cloud computing, big data, and generally higher levels of comfort with technology among the general population.   

November 15, 2011

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the "Connect to Compete" Initiative

Following is a statement today by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the "Connect to Compete" Initiative.

September 16, 2011

The Digital Promise

Thank you so much Josneil.

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September 15, 2011

Digital Badges for Learning

I'm excited to be here to celebrate the launch of the 2011 competition, and its potential to propel a quantum leap forward in education reform. We're on the verge of harnessing education's power to unleash the full measure of human potential.

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June 27, 2011

Office of Educational Technology to Participate at ISTE Conference in Philadelphia

The Education Department's Office of Educational Technology (OET) will host booth #3212 and make several presentations at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Philadelphia June 25-July1.

May 26, 2011

Department of Education Issues Guidance on Rights of Students With Disabilities When Educational Institutions Use Technology

Today, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance through Dear Colleague Letters to elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education along with a Frequently Asked Questions document on the legal obligation to provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to enjoy the benefits of technology.

Startup America

National Education Startup Challenge

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ARPA-ED

Winning the Education Future: The Role of ARPA-ED

The President's 2012 budget proposes to create an Advanced Research Projects Agency for Education (ARPA-ED).

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