The New National Education Technology Plan: What’s in it for Me?
** This blog was originally posted at futureready.org/netp.
In December of 2015, on the same day that President Obama signed the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA), the U.S. Department of Education released the 2016 National Education Technology Plan (NETP). First released in 1996 and updated every five years since, the NETP is the flagship educational technology policy document for the United States. The 2016 Plan, Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education, articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible. ConnectED Fellow, Zac Chase, from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology, was the quarterback of the 2016 NETP and joined me in a recent webinar to discuss the plan.
The webinar conversation included the purpose, key areas and themes, practical examples of districts leading the way, and advice on how school leaders can best take advantage of the nationwide guidance provided in the NETP. The plan, which can be accessed in multiple formats, includes the following components: (1) Introduction, (2) Learning, (3) Teaching, (4) Leadership, (5) Assessment, and (6) Infrastructure. In an effort to coordinate efforts and support states and districts implement personalized learning plans, Future Ready was pleased to work with the US Department of Education to align the Future Ready Framework with the various components of the NETP.
Source: tech.ed.gov/netpImage Credits: Office of Educational Technology, US Department of Education