Monday, January 10, 2011

National Education Technology Plan

The National Education Technology Plan 2010 arrived (via snail mail) today. I've already pursued through its contents online when it was first introduced about three months ago. A group of district administrators and I had bookmarked the executive summary in our Diigo group and highlighted/commented on some of the plan's recommendations. Here is the highlighted text from our group:
  • States should continue to revise, create, and implement standards and learning objectives using technology for all content areas that reflect 21st-century expertise and the power of technology to improve learning.
  • Leverage social networking technologies and platforms to create communities of practice that provide career-long personal learning opportunities for educators within and across schools, pre-service preparation and in-service education institutions, and professional organizations.
  • Ensure students and educators have broadband access to the Internet and adequate wireless connectivity both in and out of school.
  • Ensure that every student and educator has at least one Internet access device and appropriate software and resources for research, communication, multimedia content creation, and collaboration for use in and out of school.
  • Rethink basic assumptions in our education system that inhibit leveraging technology to improve learning, starting with our current practice of organizing student and educator learning around seat time instead of the demonstration of competencies.
  • Convening education stakeholders, in person and online, to share content, insights, and expertise and to collaborate on key elements of this plan. Ideas and best practices that emerge from these convenings will be shared throughout our education system.
My natural reaction to these standards (which cut across infrastructure, preparation, learning, etc.) is to think about the skills that leaders need to learn and then exert to effectively implement the National Tech Plan. What skills and essential understandings do leaders need to execute and hence realize this plan?

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