Tuesday, May 29, 2007


Your Voice Needed to Support Ed Tech

Education Secretary Margaret Spellings is requesting feedback about how the integration of technology in education impacts the learning process. Ed tech advocates are cautiously hopeful that the information gathered will prompt increased funding for technology in schools.

Specifically, the input requested is in regard to the following 4 questions:

  1. In what ways has technology improved the effectiveness of your classroom, school, or district?
  2. Based on your role (administrator, parent, teacher, student, entrepreneur, or business leader), how have you used educational data to make better decisions or be more successful?
  3. In what ways can technology help us prepare our children for global competition and reach our goals of eliminating achievement gaps and having all students read and do math on grade level by 2014?
  4. What should be the federal government's role in supporting the use of technology in our educational system?

It is unfortunate that none of the questions directly relates to sustained, high-quality professional development and on-going support which is the key to successful technology integration. However, comments to question 4 could easily include the importance of professional development for educators.

Please take time to make your voice heard by submitting your comments, online at:



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