The Educational Technology Center of the Harvard Graduate School of Education convened a 13-member panel in Manchester Village, Vermont, to consider the long-term future of information technology in American education. The task before the "2020 Panel" was to envision a state of affairs in the early part of the 21st century in which technology would play a major role in elementary and secondary education nationwide and to describe what it would take to get there. Panelists were asked to consider research, development, hardware and software environments, preservice and inservice teacher education, technical assistance, organizational and cultural changes in the institution of schooling, and anything else that would be necessary to achieve the vision.
Our purpose in establishing the panel was to contribute to a long-range national agenda for research, development, and application of information technology in education. The goal was to help mobilize public and private support for such an agenda and to help establish a realistic framework for thinking and planning by legislators and policy makers at the federal and other levels of government. Above all, the aim of the panel was to deepen and enrich policy makers' and school people's understanding of technology's potential role in education--the dangers and drawbacks as well as the opportunities.
The primary sponsor of the panel was the Office of Educational Research and Improvement of the U.S. Department of Education. Additional support was provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Office of