ConnectED: Learning Powered by Technology

Learning Powered by Technology

President Obama and students with laptops

“[T]oday, we're going to take a new step to make sure that virtually every child in America’s classrooms has access to the fastest Internet and the most cutting-edge learning tools. And that step will better prepare our children for the jobs and challenges of the future and it will provide them a surer path into the middle class.”

— President Barack Obama, June 6, 2013

The need

A fast-growing world of technologies, and the extraordinary quantity and reach of content on the Internet, have the potential to bring remarkable new possibilities to teaching and learning—helping teachers work smarter and making learning more engaging for students. [expand/collapse]

The goal

A wide range of technological innovations can help teachers make schools into incubators of exploration and invention. Such innovations also can help educators to become collaborators in learning, seeking new knowledge while continuously acquiring new skills alongside their students. [expand/collapse]

The plan

In 2010, the National Educational Technology Plan established a vision for how technology could provide students with access to engaging digital resources, opportunities to collaborate with peers and experts, and powerful tools to solve real problems as an integral part of their learning experience. The plan also aims to ensure that affordable devices are available to support students' digital learning, teachers are prepared to thrive in connected classrooms, and high-quality digital learning resources are available to teachers and students at any time and any place. [expand/collapse]

Partnerships

The U.S. Department of Education will work with states and school districts to better use existing funding through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to strategically invest in professional development for teachers, to help them keep pace with changing technological and professional demands.[expand/collapse]

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