Magazine article Techniques

New Technology Program Grants from the Department of Education. (in Washington)

Magazine article Techniques

New Technology Program Grants from the Department of Education. (in Washington)

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The Enhancing Education Through Technology (ED Tech) program from the U.S. Department of Education is an effort to improve student achievement through the use of technology in elementary and secondary schools, assist students in becoming technologically literate by the time they complete eighth grade, and ensure that teachers are able to integrate technology into their curriculum.

When U.S. Secretary of Education Paige announced the availability of the state grants on March 22, he said, "We must focus on how we use technology to get results. And that's what this program is designed to do."

To apply for a share of the $700 million for FY 2002, applications of states and territories must describe the following:

* goals for using advanced technology to improve student academic achievement and how those goals are aligned with challenging state academic standards

* the long-term strategies for improving student academic achievement through the effective use of technology in classrooms

* how the state will ensure that technology will be fully integrated into the curricula and instruction of the schools by December 31, 2006

* how the states address teacher preparation, professional development and curriculum development to ensure that teachers and principals in the state are technologically literate

* the strategies the state will use to encourage the use of distance learning for the rigorous academic courses. …

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