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

Groups Examine ESEA's Technology Provisions. (the Final Word)

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

Groups Examine ESEA's Technology Provisions. (the Final Word)

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At a meeting held Feb. 25-28, the U.S. Department of Education worked with state directors of technology, members of the Regional Technology in Education Consortia and others to take a focused look at the technology provisions of the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This meeting was a major step forward in implementing the act's technology provisions, known as Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT). Some highlights from this meeting:

* An important organization, the State Educational Technology Directors Association, was officially formed. This organization, headed by Melinda George as executive director, will provide a mechanism for states to communicate and collaborate with each other, as well as provide' coordinated input into federal policy.

* John Bailey, the Education Department's new director for educational technology, led the meeting with enthusiasm. He had other members of the federal government--not just from the Education Department--speak to and answer questions from the group. While these people provided valuable information, possibly more important was their knowledge of the technology provisions of ESEA, and their willingness to work with Bailey in coordinating technological and educational efforts.

* States are still working with the Education Department to determine how to implement all aspects of the bill. They are also putting together an aggressive timeline for implementing this new program. Key dates include having the State application form ready by the first week of March; having Title I data, a key factor for implementation, ready for use by late April; and disbursing money to the states by July 1, assuming their plans are ready for submission. Three areas received significant attention in this discussion: integration, flexibility and evaluation.

Integration. ESEA emphasizes integrating technology throughout the curriculum. For example, states must describe how they will ensure the ongoing integration of technology into the curricula and of instructional strategies in all schools by Dec. 31,2006. The rationale behind this is that as we approach a critical mass of technology and Internet connections in classrooms, districts and states should focus on using technology in all parts of the teaching and learning process. …

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