How the U.S. plans to transform education

Last week, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released the finalized version of the previously announced draft of the National Technology Education Plan, which incorporates the idea that “through technology we can create more effective and more engaging learning experiences for all students” (Duncan). This plan, titled “Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology,” has five crucial elements to improving America’s lagging public education system:

  1. make learning more engaging by meeting students’ interests and needs
  2. measure student progress on a wide-range of standards
  3. connect teachers with other educators and provide them with the tools necessary to lead students to success
  4. provide Internet access for all students, everywhere
  5. use technology to accelerate student achievement

You can read the plan in its entirety here.

The plan will utilize digital media, social networks, mobile devices, collaborative platforms and more to mobilize the learning industry, integrating education into all facets off life and moving it beyond the classroom. The plan also notes that no matter how much brilliant technology is put in the classroom, it is only effective when paired with a willing and able instructor.

What do you think about this national initiative? Is this finally the answer for reforming America’s education system?

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