All learners will have engaging and empowering learning experiences both in and outside of school that prepare them to be active, creative, knowledgeable, and ethical participants in our globally networked society.
To meet this goal, we recommend the following action:
3.1 Recommendation: Design, develop, and adopt technology-based content, resources, and online learning communities that create opportunities for educators to collaborate for more effective teaching, inspire and attract new people into the profession, and encourage our best educators to continue teaching.
Today’s technology enables educators to tap into resources and orchestrate expertise across a school district or university, a state, the nation, and even around the world. Educators can discuss solutions to problems and exchange information about best practices in minutes, not weeks or months. Educators should have access to technology-based resources that inspire them to provide more engaging and effective learning opportunities and to do so more efficiently. The Department of Education should provide a clearinghouse of information for states, districts, and schools about available resources. States, districts, universities and other R&D organizations, and the commercial sector should form partnerships to develop commercial and open resources with new capabilities now possible with technology.
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