Friday, December 4, 2009

ED's New Tech Chief Previews National Tech Plan

On December 1, Karen Cator, Director of Educational Technology for the Education Department gave a preview of the first draft of the administration's National Education Technology Plan.

Here are the highlights brought to you by Context Organizer. The original article can be found at the eSchool Website.

  • Technology is essential to the nation's education reform, said Karen Cator, lifelong educator and ED's new director of education technology.
  • As America's brand-new director of education technology, career educator Karen Cator underscores the determination of President Obama and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to develop "a transformative agenda" for the nation's schools and colleges.
  • She said the U.S. Department of Education (ED) will unveil the first draft of the administration's National Education Technology Plan next month.
  • It will focus on ensuring effective teachers are present "in every zip code," on seamlessly bridging the gap between the wide array of technology students use outside of school and the more limited technology available to them in the classroom.
  • In broad terms, Cator said in an interview with eSchool News, the administration's ed-tech plan will seek to bring to fruition the president's vow to make the United States first in the world in the number of college graduates by 2020 and to give every willing student at least one year of postsecondary education.
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