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In the News: On EdTech Leadership (so far) in the Trump Administration

The Obama administration championed Future Ready, #GoOpen, and ConnectED (among other edtech-related campaigns). Who will set the agenda for edtech leadership for the foreseeable future? With more cuts in the federal education budget potentially looming in the fall, and the Trump administration clearly signaling its general preference for market-based solutions, it could be that private-sector technology companies will seize the opportunity to step into the vacuum.

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Three Things to Know about the New Title IV SSAEG Program Guidance

New U.S. Department of Education guidance offers insights into how the new state block grant program will operate under ESSA, including its educational technology provisions. While the guidance is (debatably) human-readable and targeted primarily to state department of education lawyers and staff, this post offers advice on the three issues you need to consider as you slog through its 47 pages.

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U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: Historical Notes on the Federal Role

In 1996, the first federal program dedicated to ensuring universal access to information and communications technology for improved teaching and learning in the nation’s schools was launched. This post (light on analysis, heavy on the archiving of primary source material) is one for the wonks: a historical record of federal education programs and funding intended to ‘help every child in every school utilize technology to achieve high standards.’

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The 5 Strategies States Should Pursue Now to Make the Most of Future EdTech Investments in ESSA

If states are serious about driving positive change via federal educational technology investments in ESSA, it will require a commitment to proactive and visionary leadership. In this post, I describe five strategies that every state should consider pursuing now to ensure the greatest possible positive impact on students, educators, and schools.

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U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: What is the Federal Role? (Part II)

While most people surely love a good layer cake, the layers of provisions governing the new educational technology program in ESSA are nothing if not overly complicated. The overall purpose of this program is to increase the capacity of states, districts, schools, and local communities to…”improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.” Were it that simple…

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U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: What is the Federal Role? (Part I)

While Congress has given us a new federal education law (and educational technology program) and the Obama Administration has given us a new national educational technology plan, I’d contend there is little coherence or evidence of a theory of action underlying the federal role for technology in K-12 education as of the start of 2016. This post kicks off a multi-part series considering 20+ years of federal education technology policy toward the end of suggesting a more productive role going forward. It is my hope that this series of posts helps spur deeper consideration of this important education policy issue.

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