Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

A Laptop in Every Backpack

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

A Laptop in Every Backpack

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AS I SAT DOWN to write about schools' ongoing struggle to pay for classroom technology, I got a great assist from the news when U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-WI, introduced legislation that would reactivate the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) Act. Baldwin's bill would authorize a billion dollars a year to fund the use of technology for learning. Money would be available to help districts acquire "digital tools, devices and content" and support the work of technology coordinators in gaining "the skills and knowledge" they need to manage digital learning programs.

Now, EETT may never become a law, but it's heartening to see a federal legislator act on the need to earmark funding specifically for educational technology. Without this targeted spending, schools and districts will continue to invest precious time and money writing grants, managing crowd-sourcing campaigns and having bake sales in a never-ending effort to cobble together enough money to provide their students with the basic equipment of 21st century learning. I, for one, would love to live in a world where educators spent less time raising money and more time teaching kids. …

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