[NHDOE-ETNews] ET News: ConnectED, ESEA, the FCC, and Edcuational Technology

Freeda, Stanley Stanley.Freeda at doe.nh.gov
Thu Feb 6 09:10:26 EST 2014

Today on the ETNews Listserv
ITEM:  ConnectED, ESEA, the FCC, and Edcuational Technology

"President Obama launched the ConnectED initiative to dramatically accelerate the preparation of all students for college and 21st century careers through a concerted national effort to address inequities in access to broadband and effective digital learning tools and resources, including to build the capacity of educators to leverage technology to improve teaching and learning through professional development.

A student's zip code must not determine their access to the American dream. Private sector partnerships must be sustainable and advance public education goals for all students. And, the US Department of Education and FCC must modernize their rules and regulations while also making new, targeted investments sufficient to meeting schools' needs.

This includes taking action to meet the widely endorsed SETDA recommendation of 1 Gbps of high-capacity broadband service per 1,000 students and educators in all K-12 schools by the 2017-18 school year.

SETDA remains committed to working with the Obama Administration, the FCC, the U.S. Congress and in partnership with like-minded organizations to ensure that the needs identified in the launch of the ConnectED Initiative are not addressed in a piecemeal manner, but meaningfully and comprehensively."
- Doug Levin, State Educational Technology Directors Association
The full statement<http://news.morningstar.com/all/market-wired/MWR1086401/achieving-connected-goals-remains-urgent-priority.aspx> from Doug Levin of SETDA was released on Friday.

While a release of more information from USDOE is expected today, I want to give everyone a full set of materials and associated resources from the White House:

  *   President's remarks: video<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gj21J8QVjPE&feature=youtu.be&t=12m52s> and text<http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/02/04/remarks-president-connected> - This is worth a listen/look; I honestly thought it was a very good speech.
  *   Fact sheet<http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/02/04/fact-sheet-opportunity-all-answering-president-s-call-enrich-american-ed>
  *   Blog post<http://www.ed.gov/blog/2014/02/making-progress-on-connected/> (cross-posted at US Dept of Education and White House)
  *   National Educational Technology Plan<http://www.ed.gov/technology/netp-2010>
Soon to be posted on www.ED.gov/ConnectED,<http://www.ED.gov/ConnectED,> is the attached guidance from USDOE how Title I, II, III and IDEA can be used to integrate educational technology into programs and projects.

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