Over the last two days, the Trump Administration and the Internet Association have coordinated to announce over $500 million in public and private support for K-12 computer science education. What do we know about the nature of these commitments and how schools and students will benefit? As of the time of announcement, scant details are available.
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It is no secret that I have been quite skeptical of Title IV A (SSAEG)’s potential impact on technology-enabled innovation and school improvement. As such, contested funding levels for the program are unlikely to have much impact on the larger trends driving technology’s use in education.
An update to the official U.S. Department of Education organizational chart suggests changes underway at the Office of Educational Technology.
Does a shift in the U.S. Department of Education organizational chart presage a coming shift in the role for and priority of educational technology under Secretary DeVos?
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.
Federal support for the effective use of technology for teaching, learning, and improved school operations – driven primarily by executive actions at the White House and via politically-appointed leadership at the U.S. Department of Education – could get halted, shifted or eliminated on the first day of a Trump administration.
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.
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.’
As an educator, how can you be sure that a lesson plan or activity claiming to be OER is actually open and not just pretending to be open? Given the misuse and abuse of the term (inconceivable!), I’ve collaborated with others to prepare a draft FAQ to set the record straight.
While the Obama Administration FY17 budget request for the ESSA Title IV block grants was surprisingly low, the proposed changes in program design are smart, good for kids, and worthy of due consideration.