Magazine article District Administration

Technology Bill to Improve Teaching and Learning

Magazine article District Administration

Technology Bill to Improve Teaching and Learning

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In February, U.S. Rep. George Miller of California introduced the Transforming Education Through Technology Act, a bill designed to help schools, districts and states improve teaching and learning through technology. It would provide a way for K12 districts to offer the necessary technology tools students will need to succeed in college and career, since about one-third of districts nationwide do not designate budget money for new computers.

The bill has two components: to build the capacity of all districts to ensure they have the infrastructure, devices, and professional development programs to provide technology to students, and to encourage district innovation and new approaches to identify the next generation of applications and tools that can dramatically improve student achievement.

"I don't think it is possible to meet the college and career-ready goals that policymakers have set for schools [with the Common Core] if everyone doesn't have sufficient access to technology," says Doug Levin, executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), one of nine organizations representing K12 educators, state and district administrators and technology providers supporting the bill.

The bill would change the technology landscape in K12 districts by providing support for teachers and principals to use technology to redesign curriculum, use real-time data to drive classroom practice, and individualize instruction. It would also help bridge the digital divide by ensuring equitable access to a technology infrastructure and learning applications that students need for online assessment and computer-based curriculum. …

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